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In (i)-(iii) let, make, and cause are causative verbs; John refers to the cause of Bill's eating grass.
(i) John let Bill eat grass (ii) John made Bill eat grass (iii) John caused Bill to eat grass
INCHOATIVE CAUSATIVE (iv) The vase broke John broke the vase (v) The lady drowned Our tenant drowned a lady (vi) The canal widened They widened the canal (vii) The tomatoes reddened The sun reddened the tomatoes
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- Grimshaw, J. 1990. Argument Structure. Cambridge, Mass: MIT-press.
- Jackendoff, R. 1990. Semantic Structures. Cambridge: MIT-Press.