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?
General use of have sthg done|
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.
(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?|
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