English Lesson: Causitives – Get Something Done

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I have an old Guild guitar from the 1960’s. It’s a classic! It has been in need of some repair, and last weekend I finally got it repaired. I’ve had this guitar for about 25 years. When I first got it, I was very into jazz. In fact, I used to listen to nothing but jazz. I would listen to such artists as Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass all the time and try to play along with the records. Yeah, there were records back then! I’m glad I got it fixed. I just wish I had more time to play…

Yesterday we looked at causatives using have. For example, I had my hair cut. Today, let’s look at a variation of this using get. Do you know how to use this grammar? Take a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson. First, let’s review causatives:

Compare these two sentences:

  1. I repaired my guitar. ← This means, I repaired my own guitar. I did the action of repairing.
  2. I had my guitar repaired. ← This means, someone else did the action of repairing.

As we learned yesterday, when we ask someone or pay them to do a job for us, we use the causative form.

The structure is: [someone] + has + [something] + pp Verb (past participle verb).

                                    I           had      my guitar         repaired.

We can also use get, instead of have, in the same kind of sentence. So, “I got my guitar repaired” has the same meaning and use as “I had my guitar repaired”. Here are a few more examples:

  • I lost my house key, so I need to get another key made.
  • Mom decided to get the house painted to make it look fresh.
  • Lori said she got her computer fixed yesterday and it is working great.
  • Where do you usually get your hair cut?

Well, I think I need to finish this lesson and get back to making some music. Thanks for studying today!

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