Have something done
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Unit 45. Have something done
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Study this example situation:

Unit 45. Have something done

The roof of Jill's house was damaged in a storm, so she arranged for somebody to repair it. Yesterday a workman came and did the job.

Jill had the roof repaired yesterday.

This means: Jill arranged for somebody else to repair the roof. She didn't repair it herself.

We use have something done to say that we arrange for somebody else to do something for us. Compare:

Study these sentences:

Be careful with word order. The Past Participle (repaired/cut etc.) is after the object (the roof/your hair etc.):

  have + object + Past Participle  
Jill
Where
Your hair look nice.
Julia
We
How often
I think you should
I don't like
had
did you have
Have you had
has just had
are having
do you have
have
having
the roof
your hair
it
central heating
the house
your car
that coat
my photograph
repaired
cut?
cut?
installed
painted
serviced?
cleaned
taken.
yesterday.
 
 
in her house.
ath the moment.
 
soon.
 

 

You can also say ‘get something done’ instead of ‘have something done’ (mainly in informal spoken English):

Sometimes have something done has a different meaning. For example:

Of course this does not mean that they arranged for somebody to steal their money. ‘They had all their money stolen’ means only: ‘All their money was stolen from them.’
With this meaning, we use have something done to say that something happens to somebody or their belongings. Usually what happens is not nice:
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