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Hi!

I read the following in a TOEIC book:

“2. Despite 20 years of success, the financial stress and burden of the sudden recession made the partnership ______.

A. fail

B. to fail

C. failed

D. to be failed

(Answer: A)” ((Longman Preparation Series for the New TOEIC Test, Advanced Course, 4th Edition, p. 138))

I agree with the above that A is correct.

If there were ‘E. failing’, would it be correct, also?

I don’t think ‘failing’ would be correct, because I’ve never seen the structure “make + sth + doing sth” in any context.

What do you think? Do you say “make sth doing sth”

Thanks in advance.
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Hi,

You are right. The anwer is A.

Thanks.
Thanks, but my question is:

"How about 'failing' for the question sentence?"
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NiueIf there were ‘E. failing’, would it be correct, also?

No.
NiueWhat do you think? Do you say “make sth doing sth”
No.

(Phrases such as "make sth interesting" are possible, where the participle (the "-ing" word) is behaving as an adjective, but this is really a different thing.)
Why the answer C is not correct ?
Hi,

In make someone/something do something. the 'do' verb needs to be the base form of the verb

eg Mary made her son wash the dishes.

eg Poor sales made Tom's business fail.

Clive
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No, C is not correct. When we have this sentence pattern: X made Y do something. just remember, the verb after "made" always stays in its base form. i.e. He made Mary cry. = He cause Mary to cry. He made me use my crdeit card on a vacation.