I'm going to talk about two causative verbs today - HAVE and GET because they are often interchangeable.
HAVE = give someone else the responsibility to do something
- HAVE + PERSON + VERB (base form)
- HAVE + THING + PAST PARTICIPLE OF VERB
Examples of grammatical structure #1:
- I’ll have my secretary call you to set up the appointment.
- The businessman had his secretary make copies of the report.
Examples of grammatical structure #2:
- I’m going to have my dog groomed on the weekend (at the weekend - Br. Eng)
- We’re having our carpets cleaned this weekend.
- Brenda had her hair cut short; she looks years younger!
- My computer is broken; I need to have it fixed.
Note: Often, you can use get instead of have:
- I’m going to get my dog groomed on the weekend (at the weekend - Br. Eng)
- We’re getting our carpets cleaned this weekend.
- Brenda got her hair cut short; she looks years younger!
- My computer is broken; I need to get it fixed.
GET = convince/encourage someone to do something
- GET + PERSON + TO + VERB
- How can we get all students to be in school before the bell?
- I can never get my wife to iron my shirts!
- I am afraid of sharks but my friends got me to go for a swim in the sea.
- I was able to get a local band to play free at our dance.