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Recently I came across this sentence in a computing-related technical document:

some software と連携させ、 some feature のカスタマイズを作成します。

I get the meaning (after having integrated some product, we will customize some feature), but my question is:

In this sentence, does させ come from the verb 刺す or just する ?

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する--or to be more precise, させる. It is one way to abbreviate させる when used in the middle of a sentence (more commonly you would see させて).

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Not an abbreviation so much as another way to connect words other than ーて – bdonlan Jun 1 '11 at 0:44
However, using the -ます stem for transitions is, at times, not the same as using the -て form. The -ます stem transition implies that the preceding action is completed before the succeeding action begins, whereas the -て form can be used to express both this and two actions which overlap, either partially or completely. – Derek Schaab Jun 1 '11 at 1:57
@DerekSchaab, that sounds backwards -- compound verbs, where two verb senses are combined into one action, are essentially [verb 1 in stem form][verb 2], as in 食べきる, 出来上がる, or 追いかける. The て auxiliary (i.e. verb ending) probably grew out of the 連用形{れんようけい} or continuative form of old perfective auxiliary つ. See the Daijirin entry here for more. (Scroll down to the seventh entry, starting with: 完了の助動詞「つ」の連用形からでたものといわれる。) In other words, て implies that the preceding action is done: [verb 1] and then [verb 2]. – Eiríkr Útlendi Jun 6 '14 at 5:16

Just する. 連携する -> 連携させ is correct, 刺す has separate meaning.

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Perfectly valid answer too, but Amanda answered first. – Nicolas Raoul Jun 1 '11 at 1:18

I believe it comes from an old conjugation of す, which led to modern する. You can see all of its conjugations here.

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