"Faire faire" - direct object or indirect object

SeanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

"Faire faire" - direct object or indirect object

Can someone explain why sometimes you make a "direct object" do something and other times an "indirect object"?  Examples:

Je le fais asseoir à côté de moi (direct object) - I make him sit next to me

Je lui fais sortir la poubelle (indirect) - I make him take out the garbage

Elle lui fait cueillir les fleurs (indirect) - She makes him pick the flowers

There has to be a unifying rule that explains this distinction.  Any help is much appreciated.  Thanks.

Asked 4 years ago
SeanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I think I found the answer. 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/faire-causative/

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"Faire faire" - direct object or indirect object

Can someone explain why sometimes you make a "direct object" do something and other times an "indirect object"?  Examples:

Je le fais asseoir à côté de moi (direct object) - I make him sit next to me

Je lui fais sortir la poubelle (indirect) - I make him take out the garbage

Elle lui fait cueillir les fleurs (indirect) - She makes him pick the flowers

There has to be a unifying rule that explains this distinction.  Any help is much appreciated.  Thanks.

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