Causative – Passive/Active voice

Would you agree to the following guidelines: In the Passive voice, the causatives “have” and “get” have the same meaning, but ‘get’ is less formal In the Active voice, the causatives “have” and “get” have a different meaning: Have (ask for a service), Get (persuade) Thank you Answer The four possible patterns with causative “have” … Read more

What is the grammar structure of “arrange to have sent”?

Requests that clients send, or arrange to have sent, relevant reports from current and previous clinicians. What is the grammar or usage of to have sent in the sentence above? Thanks Answer The parallel construction …requests that clients send, or arrange to have sent, relevant reports … abbreviates …requests that clients send relevant reports, or … Read more

Causative with have/get + object + present participle: when can it be used?

I would like to know when the causative with have/get + object + present participle can be used and when it can’t. In this answer I found this example: He had us dancing/dance on the table ~ He got us dancing/to dance on the table. I had him see his advisor about that ~ I … Read more

What is the role of the “to have the” in the sentence

He’s been ordered to have the dog destroyed because it’s dangerous but he refuses to comply. What is the role of the “to have the” in the sentence and how it is separated from he’s been ordered to destroy the dog? Answer Here, have is a complex transitive verb that has a direct object ( … Read more

Is there an English transitive verb meaning “to make someone/something valuable”?

I’m thinking something along the lines of "imbue" or "instill", but neither of those words work perfectly unless you append "with value". Ideally this would be a word that’s used in a subject/object context, i.e. [subject] ____ [object to be made valuable], so something like "appreciate" doesn’t quite work. "Enrich" is the best I’ve come … Read more

Why does the word “be” change so much?

In the phrase make <someone> {adjective}, it implies changing that person’s emotion, but make <someone> be {adjective} implies forcing that person to comply. Why does the word “be”, which only has to do with a subject’s state of being, make so much of an implication difference? Answer I see that there’s already an excellent answer … Read more

“He had me do this” vs “He had me doing this” vs “He had my doing this”

I know this example sounds awkward, but it’s obviously grammatically incorrect to say “me being here” in sentences like this one: He said me being here was wonderful. That instance of me being should be my being because we need to use being as a gerund phrase so that it can be the subject of … Read more

Finding Cue words

In generalizing what I have learned from Japanese “conjugations” I learned quite a bit. I have come to the realization that the same verb forms ARE present in English although English uses cue words as opposed to changing the verb ending. The verb forms: Present/future [es, s] [will], potential[can, may, might], passive, causative, passive causative, … Read more