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  • Hi guys! Dan for BBC Learning English here with this week's Learner Question. Find out

  • what it is after this.

  • OK! This week's learner question comes from Dayra in Ecuador, who says, can you help me,

  • please? I don´t understand about the use of have + object + past participle. Well,

  • well done for writing to us, Dayra. You can have the answer explained.

  • Have + object + the past participle is called the causative. And we use this structure when

  • we arrange for someone else to do something for us. Consider this: I cut my hair yesterday

  • versus I had my hair cut yesterday. In the first example, I did the action. I cut my

  • hair myself. But, in the second sentencelike most people - I had somebody do this for me,

  • because it's quite difficult to cut your own hair, no?

  • There are lots of common every day actions that happen like this. For example, I had

  • my car repaired. I had my nails done. I had my shirt cleaned. These are probably things

  • that we pay for every day, but money doesn't necessarily have to be involved.

  • This structure can be used in any tense. All we have to do is change the form of have.

  • For example, I'm having my house repainted or tomorrow I'm going to have my dog walked.

  • And in informal contexts we can replace have with get. For example, I'm getting my house

  • repainted. There's no difference in meaning.

  • Be careful. Context is very important. Consider the difference: I had my car repaired or I

  • had my car stolen. The structures are exactly the same but the meaning is completely different.

  • In the first one I paid someone to repair my car. I arranged this. But, in the second

  • one, someone did this to me. I didn't pay them to steal my car. That's crazy!

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  • That's it! I'll see you next time on Learners' Questions. Bye.

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