High School English Quiz - Grammar 61 - Getting Something Done (Questions)

English is a language that provides words and sentences for almost anything that anyone wants to say or write. So, which words do we use when we want to talk about getting something done? The answer is causative verbs. This High English quiz will show you how we use causative verbs to talk about getting something done.

When we want something to be done we have a particular form of the language that we use. Take a look at these two sentences:

‘I repaired the mobile phone.’
‘I had my mobile phone repaired’

The first sentence implies that the speaker himself repaired the mobile phone, while the second sentence implies that the speaker GOT his mobile phone repaired (probably by someone else). We notice that GOT implies someone else is doing the work.

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The base form of the verb GOT is GET and GET is a causative verb. Other causative verbs include HAVE, MAKE, and LET. Here are some example sentences using the respective causative verbs:

‘I must HAVE my investments evaluated by a financial advisor.’
‘We have had our dresses MADE by a Milan designer.’
‘The usher LET me sit on the front row.’

There are different situations when these four verbs are used. When we want to force or influence somebody to do something, we use ‘make’ and ‘get.’ For example, a flight attendant forces you to put on the seat belt or a mother coaxes her child to complete their homework. When we want to have something done by somebody who is a natural fit, we use ‘have.’ For example, we use ‘have’ when we describe a doctor, whose job is to advise on health issues or an accountant, who advises on financial health. When we want somebody to do something, we may give permission and here we use ‘let.’ For instance, parents might allow their teenage daughter to go out on a date or an employer may give permission to an employee to take the day off work.

When we use causative verbs, we can use them in both active and passive voices, and the rules are just the same as we studied earlier. The language of getting something done has its own charm and you can see it when you take the quiz that follows.

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1. "My mother __________________."
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[ ] got the rose plants pruned
[ ] pruned the rose plants
[ ] getting the rose plants pruned
[ ] get the rose plants pruned
2. "Will you please __________ your new car?"
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[ ] letting me drive
[ ] lets me drive
[ ] me let drive
[ ] let me drive
3. "The teacher ____________________ the poem five times."
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[ ] make the students recite
[ ] made the students recite
[ ] making the students recite
[ ] made the students recited
4. "I _______________ every day at exactly 8 AM."
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[ ] had my breakfast
[ ] having my breakfast
[ ] have my breakfast
[ ] has my breakfast
5. "I had the physical trainer tone up my muscles."
Convert the sentence to passive voice.
[ ] I had my muscles tone up by the physical trainer.
[ ] I had my muscles tones up by the physical trainer.
[ ] I had my muscles toning up by the physical trainer.
[ ] I had my muscles toned up by the physical trainer.
6. "She will get a watch mechanic to repair her watch."
Convert the sentence to passive voice.
[ ] She will get her watch repaired by a watch mechanic.
[ ] She will getting her watch repaired by a watch mechanic.
[ ] She will get her watch repair by a watch mechanic.
[ ] She will get her watch repairs by a watch mechanic.
7. "The accident has made my motorbike immobile for the last ten days."
Convert the sentence to passive voice.
[ ] My motorbike has been made immobilised for the last ten days due to the accident.
[ ] My motorbike been made immobile for the last ten days due to the accident.
[ ] My motorbike has been made immobile for the last ten days due to the accident.
[ ] My motorbike has been make immobile for the last ten days due to the accident.
8. Choose the sentence with the question in the correct causative form from the following options.
[ ] Had Arpana any articles written yesterday?
[ ] Did Arpana have any articles written yesterday?
[ ] Have Arpana any articles written yesterday?
[ ] Has Arpana any articles written yesterday?
9. Choose the sentence with the question in the correct causative form from the following options.
[ ] Do Trupti make her bed every day?
[ ] Does Trupti made her bed every day?
[ ] Do Trupti made her bed every day?
[ ] Does Trupti make her bed every day?
10. Choose the sentence with the question in the correct causative form from the following options.
[ ] Do cricket coaches get their wards to work late nights?
[ ] Does cricket coaches get their wards to work late nights?
[ ] Do cricket coaches get their wards to works late nights?
[ ] Do cricket coaches get their wards to working late nights?
High School English Quiz - Grammar 61 - Getting Something Done (Answers)
1. "My mother __________________."
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[x] got the rose plants pruned
[ ] pruned the rose plants
[ ] getting the rose plants pruned
[ ] get the rose plants pruned
'Got' is the correct form of 'get' to be used in the sentence. Option 2 indicates that the job is done by the mother herself and not by anyone else. The other options are not grammatically correct
2. "Will you please __________ your new car?"
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[ ] letting me drive
[ ] lets me drive
[ ] me let drive
[x] let me drive
'Let me drive' is the appropriate phrase using the causative verb 'let.' The other options are not grammatically correct
3. "The teacher ____________________ the poem five times."
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[ ] make the students recite
[x] made the students recite
[ ] making the students recite
[ ] made the students recited
'Made the students recite' is the appropriate phrase using the causative verb 'make.' The other options are not grammatically correct
4. "I _______________ every day at exactly 8 AM."
Fill up the blank with the appropriate phrase that includes the causative verb to complete the sentence.
[ ] had my breakfast
[ ] having my breakfast
[x] have my breakfast
[ ] has my breakfast
'Have my breakfast' is the appropriate phrase using the causative verb 'have.' The other options are grammatically wrong
5. "I had the physical trainer tone up my muscles."
Convert the sentence to passive voice.
[ ] I had my muscles tone up by the physical trainer.
[ ] I had my muscles tones up by the physical trainer.
[ ] I had my muscles toning up by the physical trainer.
[x] I had my muscles toned up by the physical trainer.
The causative verb here is 'have.' Also, remember that in passive voice we use the past participle of the main verb. The form is 'Have + something + past participle of main verb + by someone.' The other options do not use the past participle of the main verb
6. "She will get a watch mechanic to repair her watch."
Convert the sentence to passive voice.
[x] She will get her watch repaired by a watch mechanic.
[ ] She will getting her watch repaired by a watch mechanic.
[ ] She will get her watch repair by a watch mechanic.
[ ] She will get her watch repairs by a watch mechanic.
The causative verb here is 'get.' Also, remember that in passive voice we use the past participle of the main verb. Option 2 uses the wrong form of 'get.' The other options do not use the past participle of the main verb
7. "The accident has made my motorbike immobile for the last ten days."
Convert the sentence to passive voice.
[ ] My motorbike has been made immobilised for the last ten days due to the accident.
[ ] My motorbike been made immobile for the last ten days due to the accident.
[x] My motorbike has been made immobile for the last ten days due to the accident.
[ ] My motorbike has been make immobile for the last ten days due to the accident.
The causative verb here is 'make.' Also, remember that in passive voice we use the past participle of the main verb. The other options are grammatical incorrect
8. Choose the sentence with the question in the correct causative form from the following options.
[ ] Had Arpana any articles written yesterday?
[x] Did Arpana have any articles written yesterday?
[ ] Have Arpana any articles written yesterday?
[ ] Has Arpana any articles written yesterday?
Remember, in sentences using causative verbs in question form, helping verbs such as 'do', 'does' and 'did' are used. The other options are confused with the use of 'have'
9. Choose the sentence with the question in the correct causative form from the following options.
[ ] Do Trupti make her bed every day?
[ ] Does Trupti made her bed every day?
[ ] Do Trupti made her bed every day?
[x] Does Trupti make her bed every day?
Remember, in sentences using causative verbs in question form, helping verbs such as 'do', 'does' and 'did' are used. The other options are incorrect, as they do not follow verb-subject agreement forms
10. Choose the sentence with the question in the correct causative form from the following options.
[x] Do cricket coaches get their wards to work late nights?
[ ] Does cricket coaches get their wards to work late nights?
[ ] Do cricket coaches get their wards to works late nights?
[ ] Do cricket coaches get their wards to working late nights?
Remember, in sentences using causative verbs in question form, helping verbs such as 'do', 'does' and 'did' are used. The other options are incorrect, as they do not follow verb-subject agreement forms