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"I will make Pierre do the dishes."

Should the translation be

(a) Je vais faire faire la vaisselle à Pierre.

(b) Je vais faire Pierre faire la vaisselle.

I think it should be (a), but two faires next to each other seems strange. Is it correct?

Similarly: "I will let Pierre do the dishes."

(c) Je vais laisser faire la vaisselle à Pierre.

(d) Je vais laisser Pierre faire la vaisselle.

This time I think (d) is correct, because laisser takes a direct object rather than an indirect object as in the case of faire.

  • (a) and (d), yes. The other 2 do not work. – Frank Jan 25 '17 at 5:30
  • @Frank Thanks. Does two faires next to each other seem strange, or is it completely normal? – user11550 Jan 25 '17 at 5:31
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    I confirm that that is completely normal! – jlliagre Jan 25 '17 at 8:01
  • Yep, nothing strange in using two faire next to each other! As there is nothing strange with the two nous in Nous nous entraidons pour ce travail (although there is no grammatical link between faire faire and nous nous). – Ctouw Jan 25 '17 at 8:31
  • See also en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – jlliagre Jan 25 '17 at 9:26
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(a) Je vais faire faire la vaisselle à Pierre.

does work as is in French. Those two faire back to back might seem strange at first, but it is correct, and we are used to it, so no problem.

(b) Je vais faire Pierre faire la vaisselle.

That one is definitely broken. That Pierre between the two faire should not be there, although if you think about it, it's logical in a sense.

(c) Je vais laisser faire la vaisselle à Pierre.

Is correct - nothing special here, maybe a tad cumbersome, maybe it's just me - I would prefer that à Pierre to not be so far at the end of the sentence. But it is correct.

(d) Je vais laisser Pierre faire la vaisselle.

That one is correct, and probably the one I would prefer. It sounds best among those four alternatives, IMHO.

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