Why does the idiom:

absence makes the heart grow fonder

have the form of grow and not grows?

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Because you have already makes. A structure such as makes + grows, two finite verb forms, does not occur in English nor any other language. grow is an infinitive.

  • The grow goes with the heart and the makes goes with the absence, right?! Regarding nor any other language it is quite not accurate though. – 0x90 Jun 28 '15 at 12:55
  • Have a look at the verb construction to make someone do something. Josh 61 has just explained it to you. You misunderstand the construction completely. You should have a look at a grammar, accusative + infinitive.Do you know a language that can use "makes grows"? – rogermue Jun 28 '15 at 13:00

It is a construction with the use of make as a causative verb, ( similar construction are with let, have and get)



  • [make + person + verb (infinitive without to - as in the imperative construction) ]


  • This construction means "to force someone to do something."


  • My teacher made me apologize for what I had said. Did somebody make you wear that ugly hat? She made her children do their homework.

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