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As well as 使 shǐ and 让 ràng, other verbs, ranging in meaning from request to coercion, also produce causative constructions:

请 qǐng ‘ask someone to do something’:

我请她看电影。

Wǒ qǐng tā kàn diàn yǐng。

I asked her to go to the cinema with me.

叫 jiào ‘tell/get someone to do something’:

她没(有)叫我去照看孩子。

Tā méi (yǒu) jiào wǒ qù zhào kàn hái zǐ。

She didn’t tell me to look after the child(ren)/babysit for her.

要 yào ‘want’/‘require someone to do something’:

护士要病人吃药。

Hù shì yào bìng rén chī yào 。

The nurse required the patient to take some medicine.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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