GRAMMAR 18: HAVE SOMETHING DONE

GRAMMAR 18: HAVE SOMETHING DONE

Hello everybody! How are you this Wednesday? Have you had your hair cut recently? Have you had your house painted? Yes o no? In this post we´re going to talk about the expression ‘have/get something done’. When do you have to use it? If you don´t know the answer you must read this post. Go on!

TO HAVE SOMETHING DONE

*You use HAVE / GET SOMETHING DONE to talk about actions which you don´t do yourself; that is, when you get another person to do something for you (usually for payment).

*You can use HAVE or GET, but GET is slightly more informal.

*You can use the preposition BY to introduce the agent, that is, the person or thing which does the action. If it is not important who does the action, we do not put anything.

*The past participle goes after the object.

*STRUCTURE:

SUBJECT + HAVE / GET + OBJECT + PAST PARTICIPLE + (BY + AGENT)

*With this structure you make different tenses by changing the tense of HAVE or GET.

EXAMPLES:

*I´m having the house painted (I´m not doing it myself. I´m not painting the house).

*I get my hair cut once every three months.

*I have had cable TV installed.

*She had her computer fixed by a friend.

*They have had the roof repaired.

*My parents had the porch built.

*His sister had some trees planted in the garden.

Well, that´s all for today! Do you find this useful? Do you have any doubts? If so, leave us a comment.

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