Causative use of have

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Causative use of have

  1. 1. CAUSATIVE USE OF HAVE / GET HAVE / GET SOMETHING DONE
  2. 2. HAVE / GET SOMETHING DONE <ul><li>The structure have something done is used to describe a service performed for us by someone else. Compare these two sentences: </li></ul><ul><li>Sue is cutting her hair (Sue is doing it herself) </li></ul><ul><li>Sue is having her hair cut , that is, The hairdresser is cutting Sue’s hair (She has arranged for someone else to do it). </li></ul>
  3. 3. HAVE + OBJECT + PAST PARTICIPLE <ul><li>-The word order is very important: </li></ul><ul><li>HAVE + OBJECT + PAST PARTICIPLE: </li></ul><ul><li>Jill had the roof fixed yesterday. </li></ul><ul><li>Where did you have your hair permed? </li></ul><ul><li>We are having the house painted at the moment. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom has just had his tooth taken out. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m going to have my hair trimmed tomorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Why don’t you have that dress dry-cleaned? </li></ul><ul><li>We had the car delivered to the airport. </li></ul>
  4. 4. GET SOMETHING DONE <ul><li>Get something done is possible instead of have something done . It is used mainly in informal spoken English and suggests more activity or effort. </li></ul><ul><li>Get is common when there is a feeling that something must be done: </li></ul><ul><li>I must go to the garage and get the car serviced . </li></ul>
  5. 5. GET SOMETHING DONE <ul><li>It is also common in orders and imperatives : Get your hair cut! </li></ul><ul><li>There is a feeling of eventually managing something in some uses: I eventually got the car fixed / She always gets things done in this office . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Have / get something done: Other meanings <ul><li>Sue had her car stolen while she was on holiday : This doesn’t mean that Sue arranged for someone to steal her car. It means that Sue’s car was stolen . So as we can see, with this meaning, we use have / get something done to say that something (often something unpleasant) happened to someone: </li></ul><ul><li>George had his nose broken in a fight . </li></ul><ul><li>My arms got badly burned in the sun . </li></ul><ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul>

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