Saturday, 8 August 2015


                      Gaban Regular

* HAVE or GET SOMETHING DONE is used when we don't do something for ourselves. That is to say, someone else does something for us. 

I didn't type the report.
I had my report typed by my assistant.

I'm not going to fix my car.
I'm going to have my car fixed.

Have something done is also called CAUSATIVE USE OF HAVE because the construction expresses the idea of someone causing something to take place. So, the most important thing here is the action: the person who does the action (agent or doer) is optional, unknown or unnecessary.

HAVE and GET carry the same idea but GET is more informal.

We can also use HAVE or GET SOMETHING DONE in situations where  something negative happens and we don't have control over it (something bad happens to people or their possessions).


Kathy had a car accident last week. She had her car smashed in the accident. 


Sippin On Sunshine

More examples:

  • The living room in my new flat is a terrible salmon pink colour. I'm going to have it painted before I moved. 
  • I need to go to the dentist today to have a tooth pulled. I hope it's very fast!
  • Will you have your party catered, or are you going to cook all food by yourself?
  • Oriana had her dress sewn by a professional seamstress. She wanted it to look perfect for her prom. 

To see how the causative use of have changes according to the different verbal tenses, check the table below: 

PRESENT SIMPLEHe makes Sushi.He has Sushi made.
-ING FORMHe loves making Sushi.He loves having Sushi made.
PRESENT CONTINUOUSHe is making Sushi.He is having Sushi made.
PAST SIMPLEHe made Sushi.He had Sushi made.
PAST CONTINUOUSHe was making Sushi.He was having Sushi made.
PRESENT PERFECTHe has made Sushi.He has had Sushi made.
PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUSHe has been making Sushi.He has been having Sushi made.
PAST PERFECTHe had made Sushi.He had had Sushi made.
PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUSHe had been making Sushi.He had been having Sushi made.
BE GOING TOHe is going to make Sushi.He is going to have Sushi made.
FUTURE SIMPLEHe will make Sushi.He will have Sushi made.
FUTURE CONTINUOUSHe will be making Sushi.He will be having Sushi made.
PRESENT CONDITIONALHe would make Sushi.He would have Sushi made.
PRESENT CONDITIONAL CONTINUOUSHe would be making Sushi.He would be having Sushi made.
PRESENT PERFECT CONDITIONALHe would have made Sushi.He would have had Sushi made.
MODALS & SEMI- MODALS                     can     He can make Sushi.He can have Sushi made.
could   He could make Sushi.He could have Sushi made.
must He must make Sushi.He must have Sushi made.
should  He should make Sushi.He should have Sushi made.
ought toHe ought to make Sushi.He ought to have Sushi made.
may   He may make Sushi.He may have Sushi made.
might    He might make Sushi.He might have Sushi made.
willHe will make Sushi.He will have Sushi made.
have /has to  He has to make Sushi.He has to have Sushi made.
have / has got toHe has got to make Sushi.He has got to have Sushi made.
needs toHe needs to make Sushi.He needs to have Sushi made.
needn’tHe needn’t  make Sushi.He needn’t have Sushi made.
had betterHe had better make Sushi.He had better have Sushi made.
 used toHe used to make Sushi.He used to have Sushi made.
MODAL PERFECT   can’t haveHe can’t have made Sushi.He can’t have had Sushi made.
could haveHe could have made Sushi.He could have had Sushi made
must haveHe must have made Sushi.He must have had Sushi made.
should haveHe should have made Sushi.He should have had Sushi made.
may haveHe may have make Sushi.He may have had Sushi made.
might haveHe might have made Sushi.He might have had Sushi made.
will haveHe will have made Sushi.He will have had Sushi made.

Just in case you need more explanation to clarify the causative use of have, you'll find embedded below two Power Points Presentations that I got from the Web. 

Have something done from Maria Hidalgo

Have something done from David Mainwood

And now...

Gaban Regular

Click on the links above to practise for our test!!

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

Exercise 5

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