“Have/get something done” is a useful English construction that we use when we want to talk about arranging for someone else to do something for us. It’s a way to emphasize that we didn’t do the action ourselves, but rather someone else did it for us.
|Services you pay someone else to do for you||get/have + object + past participle||I get my car washed every week.|
She had her hair cut at a fancy salon.
They are getting their house painted next month.
|Emphasizes that you pay someone to perform a service for you.|
|Formal situations, arranging for something to be done||have + object + past participle||We had our website redesigned by a professional agency.|
He had his presentation translated into three languages.
We had our legal documents notarized by a certified notary.
|Indicates that you arranged for a service to be done by someone else in a formal context.|
|Things that happen to you, often negative experiences||have + object + past participle||She had her purse stolen while she was shopping.|
We had our flight delayed for several hours due to bad weather.
He had his car broken into last night.
|Describes events or actions that occur to you, usually negative experiences, without your organization or control.|
|Negative form||did not have/get + object + past participle||I didn’t have my computer repaired.|
They didn’t get their house cleaned before the guests arrived.
She didn’t have her dress altered in time for the event.
|Expresses the negative form of arranging or paying for a service to be done.|
|Did + subject + have/get + object + past participle?||Did you get your passport renewed?|
Did he have his car washed?
Did they have their house repainted?
|Forms a question to inquire about arranging or paying for a service to be done.|
- Get into pairs or small groups.
- Take turns being the speaker and the listener.
- Open a box and look at the picture carefully
- Start speaking about the picture using have/get something done.
- Flip the card to see the answer (there are several correct answers, this is just one alternative)
Example: He hasn’t gotten his hair cut yet.