Back at home after the holiday.
The fridge is empty, the cat has thrown up on the carpet, and there’s washing to hang out.
So I’ll keep this short.
Today’s free Italian listening is on causative verbs.
What are they?
Well, in English that includes things as varied as ‘get a pizza delivered’ and ‘have his head brought to me on a silver platter’.
It’s a sort of passive form, used to express things you ’cause’ to happen rather than things you directly do.
You can ’cause’ things to happen to yourself, as in ‘get your hair styled’ or ‘have your navel pierced’.
Or you can ’cause’ things to happen to other people or things, such as when you ‘have your house painted’ or ‘have your car washed’.
You get the idea.
In the following audio, the form is ‘have someone do’ but the meaning is closer to ‘make someone do’.
As in ‘the teacher had us line up and empty out our pockets’.
Read/listen to it – the grammar isn’t hard to work out, or to remember.
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