I know these two sentences are correct, but I can't figure out why! Can someone please educate me?

  1. The cake looks delicious.

  2. The decorations make the cake look delicious.

Why isn't the singular cake combined with the plural looks in both examples?

Thank you!


'Looks' isn't plural, the s at the end means that it is conjugated for the third person singular.

In the second sentence, look is an infinitive. This is because it doesn't have a subject, 'the cake' is the object of the verb 'make'. This is clearer if you use pronouns, for instance, 'I saw him(object) run(infinitive) away.

  • Also, the conjugated verb in the second sentence is "make", which is third person plural to match "The decorations". – CJ Dennis Jul 9 '19 at 13:43

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