(make/cause) somebody to do something


Could you help me what is the difference between "make sb to do sth" and "cause sb to do sth"?
I would like to use one of them in a letter and it should be formal.
The complete sentence is:

This keen interest (made/caused) me to work on the project X.

And If you have any alternative which is better, please express.

Thank you.
  • mirzaie

    Thank you "sound shift". And what about the difference between "make sb do sth" and "cause sb to do sth"?

    "Make somebody to do something" is not good grammar.
    "Make somebody do something" is correct.

    I don't think I can say any more without knowing about the context.

    While researching, I developed a strong interest in Y... This keen interest made me work on X as my final project.
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    English - England
    I don't think a keen interest can make you or cause you to do something. I would say something like 'This led to my working on XYZ'.

    Note 'sb' and sth' are not words in English. They are only abbreviations used by dictionaries in order to save space. Most native speakers won't have ever come across them, and wouldn't know what they mean.
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