Faire - pronouns precede faire • Il fait venir le...

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Faire The verb  faire  can be used in a causative construction, which means that the subject causes an  action to be done by someone or something else.  Faire  is followed by the infinitive expressing the  action to be completed. Note that you have to pay particular attention when thinking of an  appropriate English translation, as the following examples show:  Le prof fait rire ses élèves.  (The teacher makes his students laugh.)  Elle a fait laver sa voiture.  (She had her car washed.)  Je fais faire une robe.  (I'm having a dress made.)  Note the following about the causative  faire:   Faire  + infinitive forms a unit that is not separated by nouns or pronouns. When there  is one object, it is a direct object. Direct object nouns follow the infinitive and direct object 
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Unformatted text preview: pronouns precede faire: • Il fait venir le médecin. (He has the doctor come.) • Il le fait venir. (He has him come.) • When there are two nouns or pronouns, one is the direct object and the other is the indirect object. The person or thing receiving the action is the indirect object: • Les parents font envoyer le chèque à leur fils. (The parents have the check sent to their son.) • Les parents le font envoyer à leur fils. (The parents have it sent to their son.) • Les parents lui font envoyer le chèque. (The parents have the check sent to him.) • Les parents le lui font envoyer. (The parents have it sent to him.)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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