More Practice with “MAKE” as a Causative Verb

Make can be used in an SVO pattern to mean prepare or produce.

For example: He makes his breakfast every morning. Yesterday, he made eggs and toast.

 Make can also be used as a causative verb.

Used like this, “make” means cause the object to do something or change in some way. (The object can be one’s self or a different person.)

These sentences have an SVO+V pattern or an SVO+adjective pattern.

For example:

Sunny weather makes me feel happy. (Sunny weather causes me to be happy.)

Sunny weather makes many people lazy. (Sunny weather causes them to be lazy)

Make can be followed by an adjective or the base or simple form of a verb.
  • Sunny weather makes me happy.
  • Sunny weather makes my skin turn brown. (**)

(**) The verb after the object is always in base form no matter what the verb tense of the main verb.

When I was a kid my brother made me lose my temper. He has made me want to kill him for my whole life.  I think he will always make me want to scream!

Practice making causative sentences with make about each photo. (Answers are below)




Do you want more practice? Read PELA’s other post on causative verb patterns: You Made Me Do It: Causative Verb Patterns.

Look below for even more information and further study:

Website: Learn About Causative Verb Patterns

Video: English Grammar – Causative

Answers: (Notice how I used an adjective in one, and the base form of the verb in the other.)

  1. Winning the game made him happy. / Winning the game made him yell.
  2. The scary movie made him afraid. / The scary movie made him shiver.
  3. Eating fruits and vegetables can make you healthier. / Eating fruits and vegetables can make you live longer.