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Matthew was having difficulty with his English homework, so his mother had Linda, Matthew's older sister, _______ him with some of his assignments.

As technology advances and calculations become more complex, humans need to get computers __________ for them.

To celebrate the holiday, the teacher had each of his students __________ a traditional dish at home and bring it to class to share at the party.

Your car is a mess. If you want, I can recommend a great place where you can have it _________ inside and out, and it's not too expensive.

After many hours of questioning, the detectives finally ________ the suspect tell them where the body was hidden.

Clark: What are you going to wear to the wedding?
Lois: I bought a gorgeous black dress and new shoes, and I'm getting my hair _________ at Silvio's place.

Tomorrow I have to attend a conference, so please be advised that I will let you ______ a little early. If you are getting a ride from someone, please make the adjustments you need.

What a cute puppy! Can you get it ________ any tricks yet?

Miley: How did you get this phone number?
Bob: I __________ my friend hack your computer. I hope you don't mind.

"Don't make me make you say it!"
Who will say "it"?

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305 Comments on “English Grammar – Causative”

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hi Adam,thank you for your lesson. It is a little difficult. Is my sentense correct?

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

    I dont understand the last quiz .Please explain it

    Monday, March 3rd 2014

      do you ask me to explain “don’t make me make you say it”

      Tuesday, March 4th 2014

        Paraphrase: Don’t put me in a situation where I have to force you to say it.

        Saturday, March 8th 2014

      Hi Mieto,

      Mallory gave a good answer. It means don’t force me to force you to say it.

      Sunday, March 16th 2014

        Hi Adam, thank you, very good lesson. A wonderful explanation, it was a revision for me.. I got 10 of 10. Sorry that I have to write a comment replying someone. I cant do it, with leave a comment. Thanks again.

        Tuesday, April 29th 2014

    Hi Adam,
    Thanks for the lesson. It was a good review for me. I appreciate the “engVid”team for putting together this website. Great job!

    Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    Yes, hilasou. It is. :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

    Yep!!! It is correct Hilasou.

    The causative pattern is not that easy. The quiz items were even a bit more complicated.
    What we need -I think- is to go over the lesson and take the quiz again.


    Tuesday, April 8th 2014

      Thank you Regino for your comment.

      Thursday, April 10th 2014

4 correct out of 10 :(

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

I was a bit surprised that you made a lesson on the topic recently covered by Alex, but after watching, it appeared more like addition to his lesson.

Thanx a lot for your work.

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

Hi Adam, I still confuse with the answer no. 3 and 4. could you explain it to me for more detail about those sentences. thanks

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

    Hi Yohanis,

    To celebrate the holiday, the teacher had each of his students prepare a traditional dish at home and bring it to class to share at the party.– the teacher asked each of his students to make a dish from home for the holiday. I could have used “made” here, but sometimes it’s more polite to use have.

    4. Your car is a mess. If you want, I can recommend a great place where you can have it cleaned inside and out, and it’s not too expensive.– i know a place where you can pay someone to clean your car for you. It’s not too expensive.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

      Thank you Adam for your reply.

      Thursday, April 10th 2014

Sorry i made a typo, it should be confused instead of confuse.

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

thank adam, i have got eight out of ten, this is a useful lesson for me, i had been confused about this before i learned the lesson. :)

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

70% Not so bad :)

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

8/10 but I’ve realised what I was doing wrong.
Although it’s a difficult topic you explained it very clear.
Thanks a lot Adam

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

many thanks

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

thank you Adam.

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

thank you 6/10

Monday, March 3rd 2014

really helpful lesson :)
thank you sir..

Monday, March 3rd 2014

That was difficult, but i got 60 out of 10.
useful lesson, thanks Adam.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

8 out of 10. Great! Thank you!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    me too. Btw, thanks Adam.

    Monday, March 3rd 2014

Hi Adam today was the fist day of mine that I found this web site and watched your video on Causative verbs. It was really helpful and enjoyable for me. I thank you for your beautiful lesson. (Neda)

Monday, March 3rd 2014

I did not understand. His mother had his sister help him with the homework. Does that mean mother is paying his sister? It sounds strange. Why don’t you use the verb get or ask?

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi Anton,

    You’re right, both of those choices would be ok as well. There is no “rule” about these causative verbs, it’s just common usages. In this case had could be replaced with got or made or asked. But his older sister might have needed a little bribe ;). No way to know that from the context though. I’ll be careful to make my ideas clearer in future.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

First time I got 5 correct out of 10. But this time I got 6 correct out of 10. I’m still confused but better. BTW I usually get my hair cut :P Thank you, Adam :)

Monday, March 3rd 2014

owh im sAD , i cant understand this lesson , i got 3/10 owh im so sad , but thank you adam , i wiil try to watch again this lesson

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Don’t be sad Bheb. just keep trying :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

    this lesson is difficult
    it means we need to focus more about this topic
    we’re almost same I got 4/10 :(

    Friday, June 20th 2014

    this lesson is difficult
    it means we need to focus more about this topic
    we’re almost same I got 4/10 :(

    Friday, June 20th 2014

Your lesson always motivates me.
Grammer is not easy for me, but I’ll do my best!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

very hard quize =)

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Hello guys, how are you? It’s nice lesson, thanks a lot! I need more practice to improve my skills, and if you need too – please add me in skype alex_sem555 .I look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

I got 7 out of 10..not bad at all i think..^_^

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Hi Mr. Adam,
When do we use “will” and when we use “be going to”? Thank you in advance.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi Atef,

    Use will when you just thought of the idea about the future. Use going to when the idea was thought of before and plans and/or arrangements have already been made. going to is more definitive.

    Hope that helps.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

      Thank you Sir!

      Monday, March 17th 2014

Hi teacher! The quiz was very difficult for me… I will watch again and try to understand. Thanks! ;-)

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Very good lesson but the right answer “Humans get computers to think for them (humans)” in question 2 is questionable because computers don’t actually think. Computers are only doing what its programmer told to them and they don’t know what they are doing.
And in question 9 I don’t understand why answer “I let my friend hack your computer” wouldn’t be also right because it’s grammatically correct and he could have been to not let (allow) his friend hack the computer. But perhaps answer “had” is more common.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Good points Juhapekka,

    But… If I need to do my taxes, it’s easier to input data into a program and let it calculate the sums for me and arrange my files so i don’t need to spend hours on it. Of course, it doesn’t think… but then again, neither do I ;)
    As for my friend’s computer, it’s not mine to give permission for. But you’re right, it is grammatically correct.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

      Hi Adam
      But why we couldn’t use “Got” in 9-th sentence? May be he persuade his friend to do it.
      It may be correct to use “get” in this sentence or no matter, and both words “got” and “had” possible to use in this sentence?

      Friday, July 10th 2015

hi sir
i did not understand completely this lesson .i want more classes from you sir .

Monday, March 3rd 2014

hi sir
it was very difficult to me .i want you follow your lessons .

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi Bhanusri,

    Thank you. Keep practicing and it will get easier.

    Also, I’m on a regular rotation here with the other teachers, so I come on every couple of weeks or so. I hope you watch the other teachers too. They’re good :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

I agree with all them. Hard lesson and also the quiz. 5/10 Bad:( Thanks a lot Adam!!!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Last question was awesome , thanks Adam

Monday, March 3rd 2014

thanks Adam! Good lesson

Adam you are saying this idiom {you are in your head} what does it mean, please!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi Brala,

    It means you think too much :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Hi Adam, Thank you to spent your time for explain this lesson. I understand the direction but I have five to ten.
See you later.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

I do not see the lesson and I got 50% in quiz , what this mean?

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi Andrew,

    It means watch the lesson and get 100% :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Very interesting lesson. Thank you so much!!! But there is one little thing I am not sure about. I would like to ask you for a piece of advice with verbs “get” and “have” in these kind of sentences. Am I right to think that get is sort of (persuade) and have is like (pay money for service). thank you and all the best Adam.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi pavel,

    yes, more or less. There is no rule saying this, but in common usage, that’s how most people tend to use these.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Hi, Adam, I got a question for you. Is it possible to say ‘Jane got her sister sewing her a dress’? Or is it a huge mistake? Thanks. :)

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi Dawiddku,

    Not a huge mistake, a small one. It’s to sew, not sewing (in the case of a causative).

    If you say ” Jane has got her sister sewing her a dress” it can mean that the sister is sewing right now, and Jane is a little bossy, and keeps her sister busy doing things for her.

    Hope that helps

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

What a coincidence! Two days ago I read in my textbook about causative. Your lesson helped my to clearly understand it. So i got 10/10 at the quiz :)
Thank you very much!

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Helped “me” not “my”.Sorry!

    Monday, March 3rd 2014

just a little confused with get and have, besides the difference on to do and do, how do we choose from have and get? I’ve seen a lot of cases where people use have sb do something for them without paying anything. Thank you

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Hi Rico,

    These aren’t set rules, just common usages. But, having said that, payment doesn’t always have to be in the form of money. It could be in the form of a favour. You do something for me, and later, I’ll do something for you.

    Does that help?

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Is it correct if I say <>

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    Sure Maqsudi. My pleasure :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Hello Adam, thanks for your lesson. 8 out of ten. Only I made mistakes with the construction of the causative with get. I.e. I get him TO do something while I have hm do something (because I paid him for doing that). Is it correct? Thanks in advance.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Thank you for your lesson.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Oh, oh… 06/10 Next time I’ll make someone answer the quiz for me.

Monday, March 3rd 2014


    Sunday, March 16th 2014

It is a complex theme, but you have explained quite well. I understood quite well; I made some mistakes on the quiz, though. Thank you very much.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

It was very difficult for me. I got 5 of 10 score. I need more practice to improve my english. Can you help me to practice ?

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Thank you everyone.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

I got my brain worked, thank you

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

It is so difficult lesson :(

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Many thanks Adam for making yourself clear.
I like very much your lessons.
See you next time.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

My pride vanished. 50%

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    No worries Jorge… It’ll be back :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

it’s very importent.thanks sir

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

2/10 very bad.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Dear Adam!
Could you make a lesson explaining the difference among verbs to treat, cure and heal?
Sincerely yours,

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    Hi Natalia,

    I’ll see what I can do.

    In the meantime:
    treat a wound or injury (means take care of, apply 1st aid, etc.)
    cure a disease (like smallpox)
    heal an injury (like a broken leg)

    Hope that helps a little

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Thank you

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

oh i can not finish any one i want to cry who want to help me ?

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    Smile Jings. This stuff takes time.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Hi, Adam:

On this video, the structure of this sentence “Jane got her sister to sew her a dress” is different from other example sentences.

I am not sure if that sentence should be like this “Jane got her sister sew her a dress” or not.

Could you please help me with this? Thanks!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    Hi Twsiw,

    Remember: have, let, make + do
    get + to do

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

2/10 i will watch your explanations again…it is not easy. In spanish we make these sentences in a different way….for this, it is soo hard to me. thank you anyway.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

deal teachers can you give me some advice about how i can study english well with my present situations?

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    Hi Jings,

    I don’t know your present situation I’m afraid. The best way to learn is to practice a lot and often.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

I ran your video again. Better this time, much better: 8/10. thank you

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

ohhh it was rather difficult to understand…

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Thank you Adam, you’re the best!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Hi Adam! One question. If someone says: ” I’ll have You killed”,suppose it mean that this person will be killed by someone who we don’t know?

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    I think it means, that you will be killed by someone

    Sunday, March 9th 2014

      How about that baby? I’ll have watched this movie….

      Monday, March 10th 2014

        here is used Future Perfect tense. It’s not a causative

        Wednesday, March 12th 2014

          I will have the movie watched.

          Friday, March 14th 2014

          If we think of police looking for evidence to a murder and someone says there is a video of it, the detective might say he’ll have the video watched for clues. Meaning, he’ll ask a colleague to watch it and let him know if it’s real or useful, or whatever.

          Not really sure though. I’d need more context to fully explain it I think.

          Sunday, March 16th 2014

          I don’t agree with You baby!(You must watch this video again!) In the sentence we’re talking about is NO AGENT. If it is were:” I’ll have someone to have You killed”(that’s different). So it isn’t causative.

          Friday, March 14th 2014

      You’re right baby!

      Tuesday, March 18th 2014

        You’re right that that person will be killed by assassin!

        Tuesday, March 18th 2014

    Hi Katrin,

    It most likely means I’ll hire someone (assassin) to kill you.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

      in the movie I watched sometime ago it is really that the woman most likely said she want to kill the person by killer(but it was interesting to me might this sentence to have double meaning…)
      THANK YOU ADAM!!!(that’s very clear)

      Tuesday, March 18th 2014

And what does it mean “personal pal”, and why “the pal” is personal? (it’s from children’s movie)

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    pal is slang for “friend” … so it’s a personal friend. Personal is used to emphasize that he’s not just someone I know, but we are actually good friends.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

      so you can say: the best friend(thanks)

      Tuesday, March 18th 2014

Thank You for lessons again!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    I’m sorry Adam, one more question. What is it “a cockney angel” in London and at all? Thank You very much!!!

    Monday, March 10th 2014

      Cockney is British slang meaning someone from a certain part of London. As for the whole sentence, not so sure. It must have something to do with the movie or tv show you heard it in.


      Sunday, March 16th 2014

        So I must be very careful in using this in a conversation?!!
        Thank You Adam!!! It is very big help.

        Tuesday, March 18th 2014

The topic is a little confusing for me but I got 8 correct out of 10.By the way you explained it very clear.Thank you so much Adam.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

I watched the lesson again and it was very easy !!! Thank you so much Adam!

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

I am confused about the meaning of these words: keep, that, take, and have, because I think in English the word has many meanings and significance, please explain these words clearly, thank you

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

    Hi Anggono,

    These words would each take a whole lesson in themselves. The best way to know them is to understand the context they are being used in, and then check the dictionary for the definition that makes sense in that context.

    But I’ll see what I can do to explain them in future videos.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Great lesson, Adam

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Very good, teacher

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Although It took me quite a few time to get this lesson, but It’s worth it. Thanks to Adam as always!

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Dam,I learnt these before, and forgot, and learnt it again this time, then I’m still wrong in some sentences.

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

Hi .. adam please help me to learn english very good… :( i’m very sad

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

    Don’t be sad Jojo. You’ll learn more when you are happy. (frustrated… well, that’s a different thing) ;) keep trying

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

10 out of 10.
You always make me make myself improve my English. Thakx.

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Thanx Adam for this wonderful lesson :) . A hard one though. But I’m confused about the “have” one. You said that have is to PAY someone to do something (i.e. pay services) . But I watched Alex’s video about Causative Verb that have means asking someone to do something, and you don’t have to pay for it. And some of the examples on the quiz doesn’t related with paying as well, or in the video like “you should HAVE the school call the boy’s parents” . Do you really have to PAY the school for doing such thing? Nahh… doesn’t make sense.

Could you explain to me about that?

Thanx anyway :) .

Thursday, March 6th 2014

    Hi Skyblues,

    Firstly, this is not a rule about the verbs, just common usages. But, having said that, you do technically pay the school. If not in direct tuition, then with your taxes for public school. In this case, you have the right to demand service from the school.

    Hope this helps a little.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

ohhhh i get 4 from 10 :( so pour

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Thank you! It’s clear. I’m from Ukraine and we don’t have such sentences, but I understand them with your video.

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Thank you Adam, it was very clear! I had my doubts solved :DDD

Friday, March 7th 2014

Thank you Adam. I have a question. For passive case, can’t i use the verbs like make, let ?
For example, “I made my hair cut.” isn’t correct?

Friday, March 7th 2014

    Hi BoKyung,

    I’m afraid not. It sounds like you forced your hair to cut (something, someone, ???). Doesn’t work this way.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

thanks you adam it was very nice

Saturday, March 8th 2014

I’ve got 8/10.
I’m not good at passive voice.
I’ll study more.
Thank you Adam.

Saturday, March 8th 2014

I enjoy very much your lessons because you are easy to understand: very clear, slow speaking and very organized speech.

Sunday, March 9th 2014

thnx Mr.Adam great job May God bless u

Monday, March 10th 2014

Hi Adam. Do you know your girlfriend should have a barber cut your hair? But for the time being I would suggest you had your hair braided, I’m sur you’d be cute :-). And since you are kind of macho, you will make your girlfriend cut it instead of the barber :-(. However as the lady with character she is, she had the car drive you to the barber (well with the automatic google car).

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

    Hi Adam !Nice to see you again :)! I want to explain why I am studing english and I want some advice from you which can help me with it.
    I want to write in english , because I love poetry and books . When it sound in english for me it seems amazing, and I feel really comfortable( actually as you see I love english too not only french ) Merci on advance *_*

    Tuesday, March 11th 2014

      Hi Emanuela,

      Best advice I can give is to read a lot, which is an advantage to you because you like to read. This will help your vocab and grammar, but it will also give you a “feel” for the language.
      Also, in writing classes, a good tip teachers give their students is to copy your favourite writer’s story or poem. Write it, type, whatever, but word for word. Get the feeling of writing it yourself, then do it again with your own words.

      let me know how it goes.

      Sunday, March 16th 2014

    No, This can’t be, wish he has no Girlfriend, T_T I love him so much.

    Saturday, March 15th 2014


      Sunday, March 16th 2014

        oh. Sir Adam <3

        Saturday, March 22nd 2014

    I wish I had enough hair to braid Patple :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

Listened twice and got 9 out of 10. This is a hard lesson. Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Thanks, very bad situation, got only 30%.

Thursday, March 13th 2014

I thought I mostly understand your lesson but I got only 50%. Somehow I think it depends on sentences too right? and I’m not sure about get that you use in passive form. Why is get not got please go into more detail about this thank you so much

Thursday, March 13th 2014

    Hi 4you,

    remember that the causative verb is the one that takes the tense in the sentence, so… if the sentence is in the past, the verb would be got, in the present get, in the future will get.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

      Thank you for replied

      Monday, March 17th 2014

Thank you very much Adam ..

Thursday, March 13th 2014

Hi, Adam!
I have 6/10.

Can you explane when we use “sometime”, when “sometimeS” and when we use sismlar noun such as “everytime” and “always”?

Thank you for your lessons!

Friday, March 14th 2014

Wow..the Quiz was really gracious

Thx Adam

Friday, March 14th 2014

Hi Adam! I’m Nryson. I’d like to ask when we use ‘No’, ‘All’, ‘Any’, ‘Every’, ‘Each’ and ‘One of’, the following noun should be in plural form or in singular? Hope you can make a video to talk about this.

Saturday, March 15th 2014

    Hi Nryson,

    A simple answer is use a singular noun (except for ‘All’). But this is a good topic. I’ll make a lesson about it.

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

i have to have me study more and more

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Hi Adam. I just watched your lesson one more time. Very instructive but not that easy because it needs quite an effort of memory. More the structure must spring immediately when you speak. So a glass of Côte du Rhône (excellent subject) that I am currently drinking makes (CV) me (agent) remember (base) it (object). By the way, you told me you had been to Avignon – capital of Côtes du Rhône- for the Festival. I regret not having known you at that time. I’m living inside the walls (the ramparts) within a stone’s throw of the “Palais des Papes“. One moment I thought to become a “Pape“ myself since like them (the Popes) at that time – maybe it’s still the case, shame on me :-(, I love wine, good food, very old single malt scotch and other delicious drinks, women etc….life in general! I’m sure you do too.

Sunday, March 16th 2014

    I love your joie de vivre :)

    Sunday, March 16th 2014

40. my worst test so far. but made me study more

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Thanks everyone.

Just a quick note:
The uses of these causative verbs are not set in a rule. You can use have or get and people will understand you. What i mentioned as the differences between them is based on common usage, the way people tend to use them.

I hope that helps with some of the confusion.

Keep up the good work. :)

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Thank you Adam, you’re a great teacher :)
You’re getting me follow your lessons. It’s worth watching!

Monday, March 17th 2014

sorry, but : You’re getting me ‘TO’ follow your lessons. :)

Monday, March 17th 2014

Hello,Adam! Thanks for a very interesting lesson!It was my pleasure watching them. You are a distinguished and talented teacher! You explain complicated grammar rules easily, readily and accessibly.I wish every teacher could be like you.Keep up with the great work! By the way,would you mind explaining the other grammar topic-inversion,especially with words such as only, little, never ,etc at the beginning of the sentence.I often get confused using them.Thanks in advance.

Monday, March 17th 2014

10 out of 10
wow: how terrible!!!

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

I’m sorry. I made a mistake.Instead of “them” should be “it”.Actualy, I was thinking about all your lessons at that time.I like people who speak and write correctly.I think it’s an art. So, I will be very grateful if you correct me when I’m wrong.Thanks again.

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

hello adam, I have been reviewing my quiz and I really don’t understand why this answer is correct:Humans get computers to think for them. In the examples you gave I didn’t see that you used “to”….sam let his friend borrow his car. so why is Humans get computers think for them incorrect? thank you for your time adam

Wednesday, March 19th 2014

yay 10/10~! however I’m having a need to voice out my opinion about Q3’s answer. “prepare” would be a far better choice than “cook” as cooking might not be the only thing that the students did to prepare the dishes. :) Just my opinion though, hehe.

Friday, March 21st 2014

What is the difference between Causative and Complex Object?

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Hi, Adam.What is the difference between Causative and Complex Object?

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

very informative

Monday, March 24th 2014

Thank you very much Mr.Adam, you are an excellent teacher of English grammar.I have taken a decision to follow all your lessons. I really appreciate your skilful capability of teaching grammar.

Monday, March 24th 2014

thanks adam , I get only 20 of 100

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

7/10 thank alot,

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Hi, Adam, interesting lesson as always. I’m reading a book and I found this sentence. “I watched her straighten her dress, watched her stand up,….”. Is this a causative sentence? the structure is similar but using the verb watch. Thanks a lot for your excellent videos. I’m learning a lot with them. It’s a hard work to learn a new language though.

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Hard lesson. I did not understand the first part but, the second part made things more clear.
thank you Adam.

Friday, March 28th 2014

hi adam thanks for this wonderful lessom,i have a request can you tell me the difference between such….a/an
such as
such that

Friday, March 28th 2014

Thanks Adam, so “Get/Got” will always come with “To”…correct????…..

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

thanx 4 all

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Hi Adam ..

Thank you for the lesson.. It’s very useful !!!!

but .. I got some doubts

1. can I use ‘have got’ instead of ‘have’ here?

2. “I’ve got it handled” is this causative?

thank you again for the great lesson :) :) …

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

It’s too difficult for me.anyway thanks a lot

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Do we use these grammar rules frequently when we speak English? Can we use more easy ways instead of causative ?

Monday, April 14th 2014

Hi, Adam, I understand the lesson. It’s not very difficult, but I got 7. Strange! Anyway, thanks a lot for your explanation.

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

Honestly this is the first time I hear about the causative. We didn’t study it at collage but I always use the verb “make” in such situations ! After watching this video I got 9 I think that is ok. Thank you Adam :)

Friday, April 18th 2014

Hi Adam.
What if someone tells me about a good book and I want a friend of mine to read it. Can I say:
I have a friend of mine read this book

Monday, April 21st 2014

Teach Adam, can i ask when we use “base V” or ” to – base V” after causative V.
Can you get it ________ any tricks yet?
why can’t we use “do” to be alternative that the correct V is “to do”
Matthew was having difficulty with his English homework, so his mother had Linda, Matthew’s older sister, _______ him with some of his assignments
>> “Help” is correct, why can’t we use ” to help”
That make me confuse!

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Hello,Adam. Thank you for the lesson

Thursday, May 1st 2014

Thank a lot sir

Friday, May 9th 2014

it was really difficult,but i’ll try it later:) i only got five correct answers:(

Tuesday, May 13th 2014

Hi Sir , Yours explanation is Excellent.
Thank you very much

Sunday, May 18th 2014

Hi Adam.Could you explain what’s the difference between following two sentences and which one is correct. This kind of question bothers me a lot. Thank you very much.

1) I will make my little brother “clean” my room.
2) I will make my little brother “to clean” my room.

Thursday, June 5th 2014

Hi Adam, this lesson was very difficulty for me. But, I can see that the sentences in active or passive form have a model, and the secret is identify this.


Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Hi..Adam !!!
This Lesson made me understand better. I really like to watch your English video because you explain well and I can understand easier than before.
Thank You :)

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

That’s an impressive lesson and explanation!!
Thank you so much, Adam!

Maybe you have some material or a video-lesson that would help me understand which verbs take the -ING form and which the infinitive.
That’s a real problem for me, overall when I’m translating from my language to English.

Next month I will have my last English university exam before graduation :)
Thanks a lot.

Thursday, July 17th 2014

how difficult lesson! i must try again.

Saturday, July 26th 2014

Thanks for your great lession.

Tuesday, July 29th 2014

bad, 20 %. sorry.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014

Hi Adam,I was worry in question 7th,8th,9th.I don’t understand something looks smiley.Can you explain to me questons 7,8,9 again? Thank you so much.

Sunday, August 3rd 2014

Hi Adam.I from Albania and here we don’t practice so much english .because my friends don’t know how to speak english and in our school we don’t have a god teacher…please can you explain me the present perfect simple….please.

Thursday, August 7th 2014

In this test I made a good result..I am teaching more here online as in our school.

Thursday, August 7th 2014

This lesson was a little hard to me…i need to whatch one more time and try again!

Monday, August 11th 2014

Hi Adam
Thanks for the lesson but sadly I missed the answer of 2 and 6.. looking forward to having next lesson, after reading it secondly I got it.
so grateful for the lesson

Wednesday, August 13th 2014

i need another quiz

Sunday, August 17th 2014

hey adam thanks for this lesson but actually i´m having a problem i dunno what is the correct use of the second verb in the sentence (active) u said that the causitive verb gonna take the tense but my question is the first one will change the second one for example : i had my mecanic fixed my car. is that correct?sorry if my writing isn´t the best but i´m practicing

Friday, August 22nd 2014


Friday, August 22nd 2014

9 out of 10. I’m so happy! Thanks Adam, you’re the best

Monday, August 25th 2014

OMG, 8 out of 10 :*

Wednesday, August 27th 2014

thanks adam

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

Adam, your lesson is amazing! Completely understandable, You’re the best teacher I’ve seen! Thanks a lot!

Sunday, September 28th 2014

hi. Adam.. the lesson is very awesome. but Adam could you suggest me any advice that how to remember these rule because I watch and forget.

Wednesday, October 1st 2014

thanks in advance

Wednesday, October 1st 2014

    I think that I need more practice :(

    Wednesday, October 8th 2014


I sorta interested with your enunciation of the phrase’first of all’ .Can you guide me how to pronounce it as the natural way as you are.Thank in advance :)

Wednesday, October 15th 2014

I got the active side, but passive is still hard for me

Wednesday, October 15th 2014

My trainees asked me if causativeis a subject of TOEIC…
I answered YES you confirm?

Monday, October 20th 2014

Hi Adam! Thank you for your brilliant lessons as usual. May I ask you a question regarding today’s question?

Are there any difference in meaning between these two?

a. I had my bike fixed.
b. I got my bike fixed.

Thank you. I’d appreciate your feedback.

Saturday, October 25th 2014

Thank you Adam for this video.

Friday, November 21st 2014

You are the best teacher !!!

Thursday, December 11th 2014

Hello, Adam!
Warm greetings from Russia!)
I just want to say that it’s amaizing what you do here)You are a very effective teacher, because you know how to explain the lesson in a manner that your students understand.
I wish you a great success in your noble work!)
Best regards!

Friday, December 19th 2014

I get 5 out of 10

Tuesday, December 30th 2014

It is cool. I made a summary here http://kidovatov.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/the-causative/
Thanks Adam

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

It is really hard but it is useful.

Tuesday, January 20th 2015

Thanks Adam for this lesson. I really appreciate your way to teach English. I get much clarity in concepts after watching your lesson.

Saturday, February 21st 2015

just 5/10
when ever i think i am getting close to english and suddenly it goes away
i am breaking here plz help how can i improve sentence structure

Saturday, March 7th 2015

i love you so much Adam i want yourmobil
number to talking to you to tell you about my problems in use english

Friday, March 20th 2015

I have watched this lesson for five times. very useful. Thanks!

Monday, April 13th 2015

Hi everyone, I have a doubt, it is possible to use CUT instead of DONE in this sentence:? I bought a gorgeous black dress and new shoes, and I’m getting my hair _________ at Silvio’s place. And also I would like to know if GET and HAVE can be use indistinctly in the passive voice almost always? I will appreciate any help you can provide.

Thursday, May 14th 2015

I always make my sons study their exams
all my best wish to you… Adam

Saturday, May 16th 2015

Thank you Adam :)

Sunday, May 17th 2015

hello Adam, i got 7 out of 10. Sometimes it gets really confusing specially with the GET causative. Can you get it to do any tricks yet. I thought it was get it do any tricks.

Friday, June 5th 2015

sorry i couldnot get marks much,i think,ihave confused a little more.i need practice more.please sir help me.through another lesson.

Saturday, July 4th 2015

Nice lesson, but I got a bad score at the quiz -,-

Tuesday, July 7th 2015


Thursday, July 16th 2015

Hi, Adam a love how you explain it,but i think to be confused with Active and Passive sentences,could you found easy way to understand it a little better? thank you.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015

Thank you for your video lesson. Now it’s really clear to me, but I came across the following sentence from the lesson video by Gill, using the same structure, which doesn’t sound like someone else did.

“I had it all arranged to bake a cake, but then there was a power cut, and I couldn’t use the oven.”

In this sentence, is it someone else who arranged?

I’d be happy if you could explain about it. Thank you.

Monday, August 10th 2015

8 out of 10 but not satisfied….

Monday, August 17th 2015

Hi Adam,
I am luck because I can write to you :-)
Does the computers do calculations for us?
Does the computers think calculations for us?
I chose “to do” and it seemes as a wrong answer.
Thank you…

Wednesday, August 19th 2015

Thank you Adam! This video will help me pass my English test today at school.

Monday, August 31st 2015

Hi adam, first of all thx you for this lesson but i wanna ask a question which is make me confusing.
the question is if i say “i had the cleaner company, which is the best cleaner in my city, clean my room. is it correct? i wrote there “cleaner compony” to mean obviously.

also if i say, i have the cleaner company which the best company in my city clean my house. (no comma) is it correct too?

i wanna say that if we use clauses in this structure is there a problem or not?

thank you for ur patiance.

Saturday, September 5th 2015

Thank you, Adam for this lesson.

Sunday, November 22nd 2015

Thanks for your lesson. It’s useful. The Quiz #10 costed me a little time. I’m confused that the answer “you” is the question’s you or is the person who speaker is talking to?
Here’s my thought. Using your example:”Samantha made her boyfriend cut his hair.” Applying to this question. What can Samantha say to get her purpose? Samantha can say:”Don’t make me make you cut your hair.” So, who will have a haircut? Samantha’s boyfriend does.
Is my thought correct?

Tuesday, December 15th 2015


Tuesday, January 5th 2016

bad 4/10, I need more practice.Thank you

Saturday, January 9th 2016

Dear sir
your lesson is very good and very help full
butt could you please help me to understand the meninges of below sentences
“i got marred” “let’s get started”

Wednesday, January 20th 2016

Thank you for your lessons, they’re great, the website too, and help me a lot…
The causative is difficult, it’s high level for me.
Question: Is it American or English, this website? You have an American accent…
Later. Bye!

Thursday, February 4th 2016

Hi Adam, Could you, please, clearing up the Q9? Given that the hacker is Bob´s friend then it is not convenient “pay” for the service as explained by you at the beginning for “Have” uses, thus why the correct answer is

Thursday, February 11th 2016

Hi Adam, Could you, please, clearing up the Q9? Given that the hacker is Bob´s friend then it is not convenient “pay” for the service as explained by you at the beginning for “Have” uses, thus why the correct answer is “had” instead “let” for allowing his friend hacking some body else computer? Thanks, Adauto

Thursday, February 11th 2016

    I think so ! … I agree with you, virtual mate ! … LET is more appropriate for me, because the man was his friend, so he allowed that friend to hack his other friend’s computer. With HAD, I think is like if I had paid him to do it ! … Dear Adam, What is your opinion about it ?

    Sunday, April 24th 2016

Oh my, i only got 6 out of 10. This lesson is a little bit confusing i thought my answer on the questions were right. I need to practice more about this lesson. Thanks adam…

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

thanks adam,you’re great techer.

Thursday, March 10th 2016

excuse me, teacher

Thursday, March 10th 2016

Hi teacher, please can you explainme why is cooked (in the third quiestion) the wrong answer?

Thursday, April 7th 2016

excuse me teacher, i dont get it why “the teacher had each of his student prepare” why is it prepare? not prepared? i thought that because it said “had” then the verb will become past too

Tuesday, April 12th 2016

it´s very difficult 4/10 I´m very sad Adam.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016

Thanks, Adam ! I got 7 out of 10, I think it was a good score, but not enough ! … This has been one of the most difficult topics I’ve ever had in my process of learning English for many years. Best wishes from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, South America !

Sunday, April 24th 2016

Adam, hi! Could you please say a bit more about “to”? Why, in some cases, you write ‘to’ (like in: “Jane gets her sister TO sew a dress”). But in some others you omit it (like in: “Sam made her boyfriend cut his hair”). Dziękuję z góry

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

Ooops, I should read Twsiw’s comments more carefully, you already explained my doubts. Sorry, oversights happen when you teach the others 4h constantly and then just try to skip to learning. But 8/10 at the end of my tether isn’t so bad.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

I think number 9 is got
Why is it had not got?

Saturday, May 21st 2016

very bad:((

Wednesday, June 8th 2016

This lesson is little bit difficult for me, whatever thank you a lot Adam.

Wednesday, June 8th 2016

gt only 4/10..:( how to improve??

Thursday, June 9th 2016

i got 2!!!
i have a problem :(

Thursday, July 28th 2016

“I got stuck in traffic”, in this sentence got is a causative verb?

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016

i gotta say right off the bat that i understood very well this topic finally. But here is my question. “i get my groceries delivered” why you didn’t use “to” ? i am confused with it. because other teachers and you said that “to” ought to be used with “get” in this form.

Thursday, October 6th 2016

example the last one. is should be “I got my groceries delivered” ?
or i m wrong?
ty for lessons the best teacher :)

Saturday, November 19th 2016

it was a an excellent lesson.. thanks for it

Tuesday, December 6th 2016

Thanks very much

Tuesday, December 27th 2016

Thank You so mush sir. I felt so much comfortable when I was watching your lesson at first time on youtbue. At that moment I was seeking for a good English Teacher. Then I thought that I should follow you. Thank you lot sir.

Sunday, January 1st 2017

I myself have been teaching English for nearly 15 years. It goes without saying that I’m interested in other professionals’ methods and styles. NEVER have I met such an amazing Teacher (neither in person nor online). Adam, you’re the best! Thank you =)

Friday, March 3rd 2017

Hello Mr.Adam
I signed up just to say thank you for you. You did great job in these lessons and I really appreciate your efforts. Please keep up the great works.

Saturday, March 4th 2017

thanks adam, you are the best professor i have ever seen, really … i got 8, one mistake with finally, i thought that we can use present tense with finally, could we?

Saturday, March 11th 2017

How have you been Adam? Adam that’s nice of you for this lesson!I understand but now I only need more practice because it is bit difficult

Tuesday, May 9th 2017

Awesome dude

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

You’re awesome dude

Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

hi best my teacher thank you for evrything you are amazing leader to achieve our goals I really hope visit you and attend your class life >> thank you a lot

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

Hi. I can’t understand this sentence:
‘It helped fournished the homes’. (Youtube CNN 10 subtitles July 26 2017).
Subject + Verbe help past tense + Verbe fournish past participle + Complement.
Is help in this case a causal verbe?
Can you explain me. Thank You.

Thursday, July 27th 2017

    Without knowing the context, “It helped furnish the homes” would probably be correct. If the subtitles were auto-generated, it could just be an error.

    Friday, July 28th 2017

Hi Mister Adam.
Sorry, I made a mistake in my question.
I mean: Is help in this case a causative verbe? Thank You for your lessons.

Thursday, July 27th 2017

thanks Adam,you are the best teacher:)

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

I got 10.

Monday, October 23rd 2017

Totally lost on this concept!

Sunday, October 29th 2017

Adam! getting 70s on your test means I don’t know the material you presented.

Thursday, November 2nd 2017

hi adamm thanks for teach me so

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

great lesson Adam

Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Thank you so much Adam.I have so much fun watching all your videos. My english is going better with Engvid.com. Thanks all staff too making this site great,and teaching people useful lessons. Finally I got ten correct out of ten .

Wednesday, April 18th 2018

Thanks Adam, a good lesson…

Saturday, April 28th 2018

Hey Adam, I want to know how can we make a sentence like “Sam made her boyfriend cut his hair” in the passive form, I’m just a bit confused :D

Friday, June 22nd 2018

Hi Adam
Thaks a lot
great techer!!!! greetings from Colombia!!!!!

Monday, July 2nd 2018

I only got 30 % it´s time to repeat the lesson :(

Wednesday, July 4th 2018


Thursday, August 16th 2018

so his mother had, MATHEW’S sister …. him with some of his assignment.

can u explain last two pronoun: how do those refer to whom….please?

Sunday, November 25th 2018

another quest i’ll ask.
they make do with the rest of the expense by themselves… is it causative sentence and what is the function of with? please

Sunday, November 25th 2018

Thanks Adam, after watching your video class is very clear for me how to use it.

Wednesday, January 30th 2019

hi, one of your sentence is cal let his friend borrow his car. “cal” is third person why don’t add “s” to let ?!!

Sunday, March 10th 2019

    let is in its past form

    Sunday, May 3rd 2020

Hi! Thanks for the lesson but only have a little difficulty to use or not to use “to” before the verb. For example: which one is correct: I ask my sister to buy something /I ask my sister buy something

Tuesday, March 19th 2019

Great lesson, thank you!

Sunday, May 26th 2019

You’re a good teacher Adam. Thank you!

Friday, July 26th 2019

Hello Adam, thanks a lot for the lesson, it helped, but I have something to ask you. In third question, why are we putting prepare? I saw had, I know it is past and I added past participle. I didn’t understand. I know that causative verb creates the the tense. Thanks for being and giving lessons.

Sunday, December 29th 2019

Ohhh, i can’t understand (1/10), I can’t understand when I have to insert past, when present, when future (((( I’m so stupid (

Friday, January 10th 2020

Jane got her sister to sow her a dress.why to sow not to see is not not the infinitive? ???

Wednesday, April 22nd 2020

OMG im feeling grateful right now… thanks for making this quiz!

Saturday, May 2nd 2020

9 out of 10
now I have a better understanding of causative structure.
Tnx Adam

Sunday, May 3rd 2020


I still get confused when I was saw “have” and “get” but this kind of lessons help me decrease my confusing. These are really “bully” :) Thanks Adam.

Saturday, May 9th 2020

Thanks, Adam. I have done it from third time!

Tuesday, June 9th 2020

Thank you Adam

Saturday, July 25th 2020

This lesson is difficult to me. I will learn it again.

Sunday, September 13th 2020

Thank you Adam…..for this useful lesson 👍 ….You gave an example “I will make my little brother clean my room. Why? Because he’s my little brother. I’m bigger than him. I can make him do things. So I will ….for joking…I call this ‘Bullying’ 😀

Friday, September 18th 2020

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