Make, have, get are used in a number of different ways in the English language. One way we use them is when we talk about causing someone to do something.
Look at the following examples:
- make meaning to require, or force someone to do something
- Teachers often make students put away their cell phones.
- The police made the residents move their cars.
- New policies will make workers sign in when they start work in the morning.
- Sentence Pattern: make + object + Base Verb Form
- have meaning causing someone to do something
- It is easier to have someone cut your hair than to cut it yourself.
- Teachers often have students write essays at the end of the term.
- Parents should have their children sit quietly on public transportation.
- Sentence Pattern: have + object + Base Verb Form
- get meaning persuading someone to do something
- Parents should get their children to clean their rooms before going to bed.
- It is difficult to get people to volunteer on Sunday morning.
- The teacher tried to get the students to turn their papers in on time.
- Sentence Pattern: get + object + Infinitive
We often use let and help in the same context as make, have, and get.
- Let meaning allow someone to do something
- Parents should let their children play outside after school.
- Sometimes teachers let students use cell phones in class.
- The budget will not let the office buy new computers this year.
- Sentence Pattern: let + object + Base Verb Form
- help meaning to make something easier for someone (Both Base Verb Form and Infinitive can be used. Meanings are the same).
- Tutors can help students understand English grammar.
- The office will help people fill out their forms.
- Sentence Pattern: help + object + Base Verb Form
- Tutors can help student to understand English grammar.
- The office will help people to fill out their forms.
- Sentence Pattern: help + object + infinitive