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    have O bare infinitive / have O v-ing

    Dear teachers,

    When the causative verb "make" is followed by objective and verb, we use bare infinitive and don't use v-ing.
    However, the verb "have" can take both bare infinitive and v-ing.
    I don't know why "have" can but "make" cannot.
    When I asked this question, I didn't get a satisfactory answer from native speakers and now I presume it is because it is the way they speak.
    Still, I will be glad if you can give me grammatical/logical explanation.
    Now I have another question.
    Do the two sentences have any difference in meaning?

    I had her read the letter.
    I had her reading the letter.

    If so, I would like to know what is the nuance that native speakers actually catch.
    Last edited by yun; 13-May-2009 at 15:22. Reason: wrong expression

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    Re: have O bare infinitive / have O v-ing

    Quote Originally Posted by yun View Post
    Do the two sentences have any difference in meaning?

    I had her read the letter.
    I had her reading the letter.

    If so, I would like to know what is the nuance that native speakers actually catch.
    Hi yun,

    The second one is less likely to be used.

    The first one simply means that at some point in the past, you asked this girl/woman to read the letter.

    The second one would be used to talk about what was happening when something else happened. I had her reading the letter, and that's when it became clear to me that she needed glasses. (It was while I was having her read that this other thing happened.)

    {not a teacher}

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