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    causative form

    Is the sentence "I'll have my wife help me with the cooking" acceptable? As the speaker will be carrying out the action, together with the wife, I found myself puzzled and intrigued.
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    Re: causative form

    I'll have my wife helping me with the cooking. Your sentence feels like AE, they tend to abbreviate or omit words. Its not their fault

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    Re: causative form

    Beachboy:
    Is the sentence "I'll have my wife help me with the cooking" acceptable? As the speaker will be carrying out the action, together with the wife, I found myself puzzled and intrigued.
    Though they will share the task, the speaker still needs to arrange for his wife to help so this is both natural and common, BB. Also, and maybe more common in speech,

    "I'll get my wife to help me with the cooking"

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    I'll have my wife helping me with the cooking. Your sentence feels like AE, they tend to abbreviate or omit words. Its not their fault
    "I'll have my wife help me with the cooking" AND "I'll have my wife helping me with the cooking" have different meanings, C. The first means that the speaker will get his wife to help and the second means that the speaker has already arranged for the wife to help and he's describing some future event.

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    Re: causative form

    It means "to make arrangements for."

    You'll have your car tommorrow.

    I'll have my secretary call you.

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    Re: causative form

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    It means "to make arrangements for."

    You'll have your car tommorrow.

    I'll have my secretary call you.
    While there is a sense of "to make arrangements for" in your first example, I don't believe that it is a causative form, Susie.

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    Re: causative form

    Thanks to all of you!

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    Re: causative form

    I'll have my people get back to your people on that.
    (I don't think this is a true causative form - rather, an idiom)



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