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The Causative

When we cause or ask other people to do something for us, we can use the causative
structure:

have/get + object + past participle. It can be used in different tenses.

Mr. Brown will have/get his car washed.

Mr. Brown had his car washed.

EXERCISE A
Answer the questions in the way shown.

Example: Did Liz make that dress herself? No, she had it made.
1. Did you cut your hair yourself?

2. Did they paint the house themselves?

3. Did Jim cut down that tree himself?

4. Did Sue repair the car herself?

EXERCISE B
This time complete the sentences. Use the words in parentheses (...)

Example: We are having the house painted (the house/paint) at the moment.

1. Your hair is too long. I think you should ...........................................(it/cut).

2. How often ........................................................(you/your car/tune up)?

3. The engine in Toms car couldnt be repaired, so


he ........................................................

(a new engine put in).

4. ...........................................................(you/your newspaper/deliver) or do you buy it


yourself

at the store?

5. A: What are those workers doing in your garden?

B: Oh, I ....................................................(a swimming pool/build).


The Causative

6. A: Can I see the pictures you took on your vacation?

B: Im afraid not. I....................................................(not/the film/develop)yet.

7. Is it true that many years ago he.....................................................(his portrait/paint)

by a famous artist?

EXERCISE C
Now read each situation and then write a sentence with have something done.

Example: Jills coat was dirty, so she took it to the cleaners. Now it is clean. What has
Jill done?

She has had her coat cleaned.

1. Tom thinks his eyesight is getting worse, so hes going to the eye doctor. What is
Tom going to

do there? He
is.................................................................................................................................

2. Sue is at the beauty parlour at the moment. A hairdresser is cutting her hair. What
is Sue

doing?............................................................................................................................
...................

3. Anns watch was broken, so she took it to a jeweller. Now it is working again.
What has Ann

done?..............................................................................................................................
..................

HAVE SOMETHING DONE sometimes has a different meaning. For example:

He had all his money stolen while he was on vacation doesnt mean that he arranged
for

somebody to steal his money. It means only: All his money was stolen: