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Who is in charge? - Causative Verbs in English

What are causative verbs? In this grammar lesson, Jade will tell you all you need to know about using causative verbs. We use these verbs when there is a power relationship involved in what is happening.

For example, when you tell someone to do something, you can use this structure:

"I told Tom to wash the dishes."

But did you know it means something different if you say "I had Tom wash the dishes." or "I made Tom wash the dishes."?

Find out what the causative verbs in English are, and how you can use them in your speech and writing.

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