Causative Verbs


One person or thing causes another person or thing to do something or be something.


  • Have (give someone responsibility to do something)

I had my mother cut my hair.

  • Make (force someone to do something)

The teacher made us work in groups.

  • Get (convince or trick someone into doing something)

I got him to buy me the chocolates.

  • Let (allow someone to do something)

My parents let me travel overseas.


Other causative verbs include: allow, help, enable, persuade, force, keep, require, hold