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English grammar notes - have sthg done


subject + have + object + past participle

I've had my hair cut
We're having the flat redecorated
Where can I have a coat dry cleaned around here?

I've had my hair cut.
I'm going to get my ears pierced.
We're having the flat redecorated.
Where can I have a coat dry cleaned around here?
He's had his bike stolen.


General use of have sthg done

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This structure is used :

(1) when you arrange for someone to do something for you.
(2) when something happens to something you own or a part of you. This is often something bad.

Examples (1)
(1) Vicky had her hair cut - A hairdresser cut Vicky's hair.

Compare with :
Vicky cut her hair - Vicky cut her own hair.

Examples (2) :
He had his bike stolen - Someone stole his bike.
(He would not normally arrange for his bike to be stolen.)


have sthg done or get sthg done?

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get sthg done is less formal than have sthg done

We use get sthg done when we are talking about something bad that happened that wasn't done by another person :

He got his trousers caught on the fence - he caught his trousers on the fence.

get sthg doneis not normally used with the present perfect tense :

I always get / have my hair cut at Sarah's Salon.
I got / had my hair cut at Sarah's Salon.
I'm going to get / have my hair cut at Sarah's Salon.

I've had my hair cut not I've got my hair cut

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