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What does causative mean?


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2007-06-19 07:02:59
2007-06-19 07:02:59

They include causative verbs ie. verbs that express the idea of someone causing something to take place.

There are two basic causative structures. One is like an active, and the other is like a passive.


I had Charles fix the car. I arranged for the car to be fixed by Charles – I caused him to fix it.

I had the car fixed. I arranged for the car to be fixed by someone. We don't know who, so this is like a passive.
“Make” can also be used as a causative verb.
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