English Grammar Unusual Uses Of Get And Have
Learn English Unusual Uses Of Get And Have Grammar

Grammar Level 4- Lesson Fifteen

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Unusual Uses Of Get in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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The use of get and have as

 

Causative Verbs
As you have noticed, the Green Level is focused entirely on the passive voice. Normally the passive voice is constructed with the verb “be” or “get” and then the past participle. However, there are other similar verb constructions you should know about. This lesson introduces you to the causative form.

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.

 

 

He got his hair cut by a barber.

(A professional barber did the work.)

or

The man had the barber

give him a haircut.

Note: If a person doing the work comes after the verb, the verb is in the simple form. If a thing comes after the verb, the verb is in the form of the past participle. In the first sentence, the word “cut” is a past participle. In the second sentence, “give” is in the simple form. This is also explained in the video below.

They had their house painted blue.

(Professional painters did the work.)

or

They had a company paint their house.

She got her teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist.

or

She had the hygienst clean her teeth.

 

More examples:

She had her nails manicured by a manicurist.
We get our car fixed by a mechanic.
I get my taxes done every year by an accountant.

 

Quiz for Unusual Uses Of Get

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