The causative is a common structure in English. It is used when one thing or person causes another thing or person to do something. This page will explain how causatives are formed, and how to use them.
Basic causative structuresThere are two basic causative structures. One is like an active, and the other is like a passive. These examples use the causative verb "have":
The active causative structureThis is the basic structure of the active form, along with some more examples:
The passive causative structureIn the passive form, there is usually no agent. The action verb is in the past participle, and the object comes before it:
Other causative verbsAll the examples above use the causative verb "have". However, many other verbs can be used in causatives. In the active form, som of these verbs require the action verb to have "to" before it. These are some examples of the most common causative verbs.