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    #1

    Now you have me thinking.

    Now you have me thinking.
    Is this sentence correct grammatically?

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    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    Welcome to the forum.

    You'll certainly hear it in British English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    Hi. Thanks.
    But is the sentence correct? I am having a big debate with someone over it. I say it is. He says it's not.
    He said the causative verb should have got, or the gerund should be think instead of thinking.

    I know he's wrong. But I don't know why.

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    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    Yes, he's wrong simply because the causative verb doesn't have to be have got. It can alternatively be have, as it is here. The pattern is this:


    • have somebody doing something

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    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    It's true that BrE speakers would probably use "have got" but it means the same as "have" so there is no difference in meaning. "think" would definitely be wrong.

    You have me thinking/You've got me thinking = You have brought me to a point where I am thinking [about something specific]

    It would be possible to use "think" in "You've made me think" - that has a similar meaning to the original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    Am I right to say that "have me think" is incorrect because the phrase is dangling/incomplete?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #7

    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's true that BrE speakers would probably use "have got" but it means the same as "have" so there is no difference in meaning.
    I prefer "have got", and I think most Americans would say that, but I agree that "have" is not incorrect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Am I right to say that "have me think" is incorrect because the phrase is dangling/incomplete?
    I'm not sure what you mean but I'm quite confident the answer is no. The reason the verb is in the -ing form is that it shows the action is durative.

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    #9

    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    I recently said on this forum, "There you go making me think again."
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    Re: Now you have me thinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean but I'm quite confident the answer is no. The reason the verb is in the -ing form is that it shows the action is durative.
    Yes, that is what I said. It is a continuing action in present tense.

    I didn't want to say, You've made me think, because it would've shown past tense.
    We were still in the same conversation and I was searching for something he said.
    So I said, now you have me thinking...and I started to look up what he stated. Then the debate started and we started to look that up instead; with no luck.
    Then I found this site, and prayed someone smarter then me would know the answer.

    I know my English is correct, but I've never been such an expert in the syntax of a sentence.
    But I know when it's right or wrong. And I know I'm right.

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