24/3/09

Unusual Uses of Get and Have

Unusual Uses of Get and Have
have + the past participle

I have my oil changed once every three months.

or

get + the past participle

I get my oil changed once every three months.

Both sentences have the same meaning. What makes them different from the passive voice is the word order:

S + V + DO + V

Generally, when you use this word order, it sounds like you had some kind of work done for you. You paid someone or got someone to do something and you didn't do anything.


EXAMPLES:
He got his hair cut by a barber.

(A professional barber did the work.)

They had their house painted blue.

(Professional house painters did the work.)




She got her teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist.

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