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It all made an agreement with them to cooperate fully at all times seem impossible.

Is the sentence above grammatical? Is it a causative construction (made [....] seem)?

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tkacka15It all made an agreement with them to cooperate fully at all times seem impossible.
Is the sentence above grammatical?

Yes.

tkacka15Is it a causative construction (made [....] seem)?

Yes.

CJ

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This is not a valid sentence. It is not possible to get people to cooperate with you fully at all times. And trying to get an agreement with people for them to cooperate fully with you at all times? Who would agree to something like that? And the words "seem" and "impossible" cannot be joined together like this. "Seem" implies uncertainty, while "impossible" leaves no room for uncertainty.

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 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.

CJ, as usual, is right; the 'anonymous' answer is incorrect. The sentence makes grammatical sense. You can reduce the sentence, through a pronoun to simplify construction, to 'It all made [it] seem impossible.' Therefore it is a causative construction.

The anonymous answer seems to be looking at literal meanings and implications but ignoring the fact that this is a normal construction in English.

The given sentence is theoretically grammatical, but not realistic. If someone asked you to agree to cooperate fully with them at all times, would you agree to do that?

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anonymousIf someone asked you to agree to cooperate fully with them at all times, would you agree to do that?

The problem is that this question is irrelevant to whether the given sentence is grammatical, which was the original question.

We occasionally add our own opinions about the content of what is posted, but only after clearly answering the question asked.

As for your claim that

the words "seem" and "impossible" cannot be joined together like this. "Seem" implies uncertainty, while "impossible" leaves no room for uncertainty.

please see the following links showing hundreds of examples of 'seem' with 'impossible'.

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CJ