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Question 2 - Language Test in China

This page is dedicated for Question 2 of this test. It would be too long to explain all the questions on the same page, so I split them one by one.

If I had the chance to explain Question 2 face-to-face with the student(s), it would probably take up to 10 minutes, no more. But in writing it looks like a long page. Nevertheless, you can always come back here for clarification.


My aunt played light music to make the baby ______ crying.  

A. stopped    

B. stops    

C. to stop  

D. stop  

Can you explain why D is the right answer?


Yes, D is the right answer.

The verb ‘to make’ goes together with another verb in the infinitive form without ‘to’, if the meaning of ‘make’ is to influence somebody/something to take the action denoted by the second verb.

 We have the following choices:

A.    Stopped = the past tense

B.     Stops = simple present for (s)he/it

C.     To stop = infinitive with ‘to’

D.    Stop = infinitive without ‘to’

(A.) My aunt played light music to make the baby stopped crying. (past tense) => incorrect

(B.) My aunt played light music to make the baby stops crying. (present simple) => incorrect

(C.) My aunt played light music to make the baby to stop crying. (infinitive with ‘to’) => incorrect

(D.) My aunt played light music to make the baby stop crying. (infinitive without ‘to’) => CORRECT

More examples, as follows:

He makes me drink with him every time we meet in the pub.

(A.) He makes me drank with him (past tense) => incorrect

(B.) He makes me drinks with him (present simple) => incorrect

(C.) He makes me to drink with him (infinitive with ‘to’) => incorrect

(D.) He makes me drink with him (infinitive without ‘to’) => CORRECT


They made him see the truth.

(A.) They made him to saw the truth. (past tense) => incorrect

(B.) They made him sees the truth. (present simple) => incorrect

(C.) They made him to see the truth. (infinitive with ‘to’) => incorrect (this means more like “They forced him to see the truth.”)

(D.) They made him see the truth. (infinitive without ‘to’) => CORRECT


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