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Let or Make 1

Put in 'let' or 'make' in the correct form.



1) John's mother used to him clean up his room..
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2) The teacher doesn't her students use their mobile phones in
class..
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3) Julie's father doesn't her use his car..
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4) The professor often the students do a lot of homework..
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5) The policeman the teenagers pick up the litter they had dropped..
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6) My mother never me stay out late when I was young..
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7) The guard her get off the train because she didn't have a ticket..
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8) Lucy might you borrow her laptop if you ask her nicely..
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9) The comedian really us laugh last night..
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10) When people are late, it me really annoyed..
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11) Doing a lot of exercise me eat as many cakes as I like!..
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12) The boss often us work late..
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13) Joan's new job has her very happy..
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14) This card you travel on any bus in the city..
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15) My current job me work wherever I want..
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16) Your photos me want to visit Columbia - it looks very
beautiful..
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17) Speaking English you communicate with lots of different
people..
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18) Robert doesn't his children watch TV..
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19) That film me cry - it was so sad..
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20) The professor us hand in our essays a day late last term..













Let / Make / Have / Get
Gap-fill Exercise
Complete the sentences below using the correct form of the verbs "let," "make," "have," and
"get," then click the "Check" button to check your answers.
1. Sam really wanted a dog, but his parents wouldn't him have a pet.

2. I can't believe she you look at her vacation pictures again last night. We have to
look at those stupid pictures every time we go to her house.

3. I don't know how you convince your children to clean up their rooms. I couldn't
my children to clean up their rooms if my life depended on it.

4. Professor Yu each of her students write an essay describing their future goals in
life.

5. Professor Yu her students use a dictionary while they were taking the test.

6. Debbie's husband hates the opera. But after days of nagging, she finally him to go
see the new production of La Boheme.

7. Sally me take off my shoes before I went into her house. She said she wanted to
keep the carpet clean.

8. Rebecca Smith requested a copy of that expense report, so I the courier take one
over to her last week.

9. Diane thinks television is a waste of time, so she won't her children watch TV.

10. Mr. Levine his secretary call Ms. Jackson and reconfirm their meeting on
Thursday.

11. Marcus me drive his new BMW. I couldn't believe how quickly it picked up
speed.

12. How did you the doctor to make a house call? I haven't heard of a doctor actually
going to a patient's house in years.

13. My boss me get him coffee, pick up his dry cleaning and buy presents for his
wife. He can't do anything by himself!

14. Tommy didn't want to go to his cousin's birthday party, but his mom him go.

15. I can't believe the zoo keeper you feed the snake. That was so cool!

16. The contract was very detailed, and it was essential that the wording be absolutely
correct. Therefore, I the translator recheck his work several times to make sure there
would be no misunderstandings.

17. Cheryl didn't want to wash her car, so with a little smooth talk she her boyfriend
to wash it for her.

18. If you ask me nicely, I'll you lick the bowl after I make the cookies.

19. Dr. Jackson the nurse monitor the patient's condition overnight.

20. The news coverage of the recent tornado was incredibly moving. The interview with the
little boy who lost his family in the tragedy everyone cry.



let / make sb do sth
Complete the sentences. Click on the correct answer.
example Our teacher ......... us work hard.
a) makes b) make c) doesn't let
Answer a

1 Our mum
.......... go
out at the
weekend
s.

2 My sister
sometime
s ..........
borrow
her
clothes.

a)
lets us
b)
lets us to
c)
make us

a) let
me
b)
lets me
c) let

3 My
parents
..........
me go on
holiday
with
friends.

4 My mum
.......... do
the
washing
up at the
weekends
.

a)
don't let
b)
make
c)
lets me

a)
makes
me
b)
makes
me to
c)
lets me

5 Our
uncle
.........
borrow
his car.

6 My
teacher
.......... us
have any
fun.

a) let
to us
b)
makes us
c)
lets us

a)
doesn't
make
b)
don't let
c)
doesn't
let
Make, let, allow


Make - active form

The verb 'make' has several meanings in English. When Helen says
'I can't make people call', she means that she cannot force people
to call; she does not have the power to control or change the
situation.

When 'make' means 'force' or 'control', in the active form, it is
followed by an object and the bare infinitive (infinitive without
'to').
subject make object infinitive without 'to'
I (can't) make people call

Be careful: in the active form, 'make' is NOT followed by 'to', and it
is NOT followed by an -ing form:
The teacher made us to do our homework - WRONG
The teacher made us doing our homework - WRONG
The teacher made us do our homework - RIGHT

Make - passive form

When 'make' means 'force', in the passive from, it is followed by
the infinitive with 'to'.
subject was/were made infinitive with 'to' complement
I was made to repeat the exercise

Let

If you 'let' somebody do something, you give permission or
youallow them to do something. Helen says 'if you want him to
move in, you'll have to let him have a discount.'

When 'let' means 'allow' or 'give permission', it is followed by
anobject and the bare infinitive (infinitive without 'to').
subject let object infinitive without 'to' complement
You ('ll have to) let him have a discount





Be careful: 'let' is NOT followed by 'to', and it is NOT followed by an -
ing form:
The teacher let us to leave early - WRONG
The teacher let us leaving early - WRONG
The teacher let us leave early - RIGHT
Allow

Allow has a similar meaning to 'let'. When Helen's dad says 'Helen,
you know I can't allow it', he means that he can't give permission.

Allow can be used in 2 ways:
1. It is followed by an object. The object can be a noun, or it can be
an -ing form.
subject allow object complement
She
He
won't allow
doesn't allow
a party
smoking
in this house
in the office

2. It is followed by an object (noun or pronoun) and the infinitive
with 'to'.
subject allow object infinitive with 'to' complement
She won't allow us to have a party

Be careful: in this pattern, the object is NOT followed by an -ing
form:

The teacher allowed us leaving early - WRONG
The teacher allowed us to leaving early - WRONG
The teacher allowed us to leave early - RIGHT

Passive forms are also possible.

Smoking is not allowed in this building
You are not allowed to smoke in this building
Vocabulary

knock a bit off
reduce slightly

to cost a fortune
to be very expensive

keep on (v)
continue