Causative Verbs Have and Get
In this occasion we want to share grammar session that is Causative Verbs Have and Get. We use a causative verb when we want to talk about something that someone else did for us or for another person. It means that the subjects did not do the action themselves, however the subject caused the action to happen by someone else. Maybe they paid, or asked, or persuaded the other person to do it. For example, we can say:
I took the shirt. (This means that I took it myself).
If I asked someone to take the shirt, of course I can say:
A shopkeeper took the shirt.
But, another way is to use a causative construction. So I can also say:
I had the shirt took.
In a sense, using a causative verb is similar to using a passive. The important thing is that the shirt is now taken. We don’t focus on who did the taking.
For complete information about Causative Verbs Have and Get, in this material we will divide it into two main topics, they are “have or get something done” and “have or get someone do something”. So let’s go to the topics.
The topics of Causative Verbs Have and Get
Causative Have and Get (have something done)
Subject + Have/Had + object + past participle (have something done)
We usually use “have something done” when we are talking about paying someone to do something for us. It’s often used for services.
I had my car repaired.
They had their house painted blue.
I had my car washed.
She had her nails manicured by a manicurist.
Marry will have her house painted.
Subject + Get/Got + object + past participle (get something done)
We can also use “subject + get/got + object + past participle”. This has the same meaning as “have”, but it is less formal.
I get my oil changed once every three months.
The students get their essays checked.
I’ll get my hair cut next week.
He got his hair cut by a barber.
He got his washing machine fixed.
Causative Have and Get (have someone do something)
We can also use the construction “subject + have + person + infinitive”. This has a very similar meaning to ‘have something done’, which we’ve already talked about, but this time we say who did the thing – we talk about the person who we asked to do the thing for us.
Subject + have/have + person + infinitive
I had the electrician look at my broken light.
The doctor will have the nurse call the patients.
I had my assistant type the report.
The teacher had the students write the answers on the whiteboard.
Finally, we can also use the construction “get + someone + to + infinitive”. Again, this means that you cause the other person to do the action, maybe by paying them to do it, or by asking them to do it, or by persuading them to do it.
Subject + get/got + someone + to + infinitive
We get the mechanic to fix our car.
She gets her son to do his homework by promising him ice cream when he’s finished.
I got the cleaner to clean under the cupboards.
Sometimes, this construction has the feeling that we needed to convince someone to do something, while the other constructions on this page are neutral.
That’s all about Causative Verbs Have and Get we can share for this occasion. Hopefully the material about Causative Verbs Have and Get above can be useful for improving our English. (also study : Regular and Irregular Verb)