English Lesson: Let Vs Make

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My sister said she would let me drive her new car today. It’s a hot looking, very fast black Audi. I thought I was going to drive to the beach, but she made me drive to the shopping mall. Unbelievable!

Now, I’m going to let you know the difference between let and make, but don’t worry, I won’t make you do any homework. Let’s take a look at these two sentences, starting from let:

  • Lori let Michael drive her new car.

When Lori lets Michael drive her car, Michael wanted to do that, and Lori gave him the ok to do it.

The structure is [someone A] lets [someone B] do something

Here are some more examples:

  • Joe’s mom let him have two slices of pie for dessert. ← Joe wanted two slices of pie, and his mom gave it to him.
  • My wife lets me go drinking with my friends on Friday nights. ← I want to go drinking with my friends, and my wife said it was ok.

Now, we will look at make:

  • Lori made Michael drive to the shopping mall.

When Lori makes Michael drive to the shopping mall, Michael didn’t want to or plan to do that. However, Lori forced (or pushed) him to do it.

The structure is [someone A] makes [someone B] do something

Here are some more examples:

  • Joe’s mom made him clean up the yard. ← Joe didn’t want to do that, his mom forced him to do so.
  • My wife made me go bowling on Friday night. ← I don’t want to go bowling, but she forced me to go.

Is that clear now? So when someone lets you do something, they give you the OK to do it. But when someone makes you do something, they force you to do it. Like I said, I won’t make you do any home work today. Instead,  I’ll let you choose how to remember this! But here is a question. Have you made someone do something recently?

 

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