I'll have Hudson show you to your room.

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I'll have Hudson show you to your room. VS. I'll make Hudson show you to your room.

 

Is there any nuance between the words, have and make when they are used as a coercive verb?

 

Thank you so much as usual and have a good and safe day.

asked Nov 10 '12 at 04:19 Hans Contributor

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Have sounds much more polite than makeMaking someone do something implies that you are forcing them.  Since it is probably Hudson's job to show you to your room, we shouldn't have to force him.  Certainly, no hotel would want a guest to think that its employees have to be forced to perform their duties.  I'm not sure how to explain it.  As a native speaker, I just understand the difference without thinking.  So, you challenge me to try to explain.  (That's a good challenge.)

link answered Nov 10 '12 at 04:26 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you so much as usual and I do not want to know more than you know and I think that is enough and I am satisfied now. I am sorry about not challenging you. Maybe next time I will be back with some challenging questions. Thank you a lot.

HansNov 10 '12 at 05:42

I meant that you DO challenge me with questions like this. :-)

Patty TNov 10 '12 at 07:16

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