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    jiang is offline Key Member
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    personification?

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    A lot of students hate to buy a required text that the professor has written only to have his lectures repeat it.

    I know we can say ' to have somebody do something'. In this sentence it is to have something do something. My question is: Is this personification?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    I wouldn't say so. I also wouldn't classify this as exactly the same as the standard causative. It's more like 'only to find that his lectures repeat it'

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    Thank you very much for your explanation.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I wouldn't say so. I also wouldn't classify this as exactly the same as the standard causative. It's more like 'only to find that his lectures repeat it'

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