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Associated uses the causative have

 
 
Reply Thu 26 Feb, 2015 03:47 am
Can we use personification in accordance with the verb have when talking about an action or feeling inspired by something that has no authority over us and no ability to make us do anything or give us orders.

"The article had me mad at the dishonesty in it."

"The movie had me getting bored, it wasn't very interesting."

"All the work had me exhausted by the end of the day."
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Reply Thu 26 Feb, 2015 09:40 am
@glass999,
I don't see why not, but the more common way of saying it would be to use "made" rather than "had."


"All the work made me exhausted by the end of the day."

"The movie had me getting bored, it wasn't very interesting."

This wording seems awkward. Most people would just say "the movie bored me."

On the other hand, saying "he made me laugh" is different from saying "he had me laughing" which tends to convey a prolonged state of affairs, as opposed to a single instance.
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