Have something done

Have Something Done: Simple English Videos Lesson

There are two ways to clean your kitchen floor. One is to clean it yourself. And the other is to have it cleaned for you. We can clean our teeth ourselves, but we can also go to the dentists to have them cleaned. Someone else performs the service. It’s the same with your hair. You can do it yourself, or you can go to the hairdressers and have it done for you. So let’s look at these structures: doing it yourself, having it done for you. We’ve got the verb ‘have’, the object, and then the third part of the verb. You can change ‘have’ to whatever tense you need. Don’t confuse this structure with the present perfect. What’s happening here is we’re talking about a service that someone else is performing for us. And something else. In spoken English, we often use ‘get’ instead of ‘have’. It means the same thing. Let’s look at some more examples. Ready? I’m getting hungry. Are you? What shall we have for lunch? Let’s get a pizza delivered. Love it! Good idea! Sorry, it’s hard to hear you. We’re having some work done on our heating system. Carter’s dirty, Jay. Are you going to give him a bath? I think I’ll take him to the pet store and have him washed. Hmph! Jay, there are nearly fifty thousand miles on the clock. I know, we have to get it serviced. Yeah. Do you have the contract? Yes. What does it say? I don’t know. It’s in Hungarian. Then we need to get it translated. It’s my mother’s birthday next week. Oh. Shall we get some flowers delivered? Good idea. What time is it? It’s time you got that watch repaired. Three o’clock. Did you spot them all? Let’s review. Let’s get a pizza delivered. Love it! Good idea! We’re having some work done on our heating system. I think I’ll take him to the pet store and have him washed. I know, we have to get it serviced. Yeah. Then we need to get it translated. Oh. Shall we get some flowers delivered? It’s time you got that watch repaired. There are two ways to clean your kitchen floor. One is to clean it yourself. And the other is to have it cleaned for you. You missed a bit.

10 thoughts on “Have something done

  • August 4, 2015 at 12:48 am
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    Hi Vicki,

    Thanks to this video lesson, It became easier and clearer for me to understand how to use this sentence pattern. I really appreciate it.

    I have one question. When I say ” I got my hair cut.”, for example, how should I mention the specific person who did that for me in the sentence? Let’s say, if your mother cut your hair, how would you add the word my mother” in the sentence?

    I’d be happy if you could explain about it. Thank you.

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    • August 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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      Hi Aya! Great to hear from you and thank you for the question. If you want to say the name of the person who cut your hair, you probably wouldn’t use this structure. So, for example you might say ‘My mother cut my hair (for me).’ And if you want to mention the name of the salon, you might say something like: ‘I had my hair cut at Smart Trims.’ Or it might be part of a conversation like this…
      A: Where did you have your hair cut?
      B: At Smart Trims. Anthony cut it.

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      • August 21, 2015 at 2:10 am
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        Hi Vicki! Thank you for your answer. Now it’s really clear to me.

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  • August 21, 2015 at 2:12 am
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    So glad it was helpful!

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  • October 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm
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    That is awesome. I got it immediately. Thank you so much . Do you have you tube and other sites?

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