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Have/get something done. Hello. I know that 'have' and 'get' are used interchangeably when we ask someone else to do something for us. I get confused that why in some particular sentences we have to use one of them only. Is there any specific rule to know where I can use both of them or where I have to use get or have only? Here is an example that I'm not quite sure of its answer. the example was a multiple choice question. The two phrase were the choices. When I answered it I selected "got her purse stolen". It seemed for me that both choices were correct but I got wrong. I didn't understand why I needed to answer using had not got. She ......... on the underground last week. had her purse stolen got her purse stolen Thank you.
Apr 26, 2016 10:34 PM
Answers · 6
There is a difference between these constructions, and there is only one possible answer to your question. 1. You can use either ['get' + object + past participle] or ['have' + object + past participle] when the person who is the subject takes an active part in what happens. For example, if you arrange for the barber to cut your hair, by asking him to do this and paying him afterwards, you can say: "I got my hair cut." or "I had my hair cut." We often use this for services that we pay for e.g. 'We got the car repaired' or 'They had their house valued.' 2. However, if the event is something which happens against the subject's will or without the subject's consent or knowledge, then you can only use 'have' This is the case with your example. The only possibility is 'had': "She had her purse on the underground last week." In this situation, the subject did not actively do anything - she was the victim of something that happened to her. This is why you had the answer 'got' marked wrong. Does that make sense? Now, look again at the second sentence in the paragraph above. I wrote "you had xxx marked wrong". This is another example of a causative construction where only 'have' is possible. Can you work out why?
April 27, 2016
The correct word to use is: She on the underground last week. If you look at the other two phrases: had her purse stolen got her purse stolen Notice the word "her", it implies that it is something she owns, thats why you can use "had" Other examples: I had *my car* checked by the best mechanic in town He had *his house* painted in black You could also say I got my car checked by the best mechanic in town He got his house painted in black
April 26, 2016
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