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Causative Verbs


Jack had his house painted.

This sentence is similar in meaning to: Someone painted Jack's house. OR Jack's house was painted by someone. Causative verbs express the idea of someone causing something to take place. Causative verbs can be similar in meaning to passive verbs.


My hair was cut. (passive)
I had my hair cut. (causative)

Both 'make' and 'have' can be used as causative verbs.


'Make' as a causative verb expresses the idea that the person requires another person to do something.

Construction Chart

Subject + Make + Person + Base Form of Verb


Peter made her do her homework.
The teacher made the students stay after class.


'Have' as a causative verb expresses the idea that the person wants something to be done for them.

This causative verb is often used when speaking about various services. There are two forms of the causative verb 'have'.

Construction Chart: Use 1

Subject + Have + Person + Base Form of Verb


They had John arrive early.
She had her children cook dinner for her.

Construction Chart: Use 2

Subject + Have + Object + Past Participle


I had my hair cut last Saturday.
She had the car washed at the weekend.

Note: This form is similar in meaning to the passive.


Resource: Beare, K (English as Second Language)