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FORM [let + person + verb]

This construction means "to allow someone to do something."

John let me drive his new car. Will your parents let you go to the party? I don't know if my boss will let me take the day off.

FORM [make + person + verb] USE This construction means "to force someone to do something."

My teacher made me apologize for what I had said. Did somebody make you wear that ugly hat? She made her children do their homework.

FORM [have + person + verb] USE This construction means "to give someone the responsibility to do something."

Dr. Smith had his nurse take the patient's temperature. Please have your secretary fax me the information. I had the mechanic check the brakes.

FORM [get + person + to + verb] USE This construction usually means "to convince to do something" or "to trick someone into doing something."

Susie got her son to take the medicine even though it tasted terrible. How can parents get their children to read more? The government TV commercials are trying to get people to stop smoking.

Get vs. Have

Sometimes "get someone to do something" is interchangeable with "have someone do something," but these expressions do not mean exactly the same thing. Examples: I got the mechanic to check my brakes. At first the mechanic didn't think it was necessary, but I convinced him to check the brakes. I had the mechanic check my brakes. I asked the mechanic to check the brakes.


Have something done and Get something done are both used to refer to actions which are done for the subject rather than by the subject. Causative verbs are used instead of passive verbs to show that the subject causes the action to be done.

1. Have something done I dont know how to repair cars, so Im having mine repaired at the garage round the corner. 2. Get something done I really must get my eyes tested. Im sure I need glasses. Get your hair cut!

Rewrite these sentences using have or get. 1. The mechanic changed the oil in my car. 2. The hairdresser cut my hair in a completely different style. 3. A decorator has repainted our house. 4. A friend of mine, whos an electrician, is going to repair my DVD player next week. 5. My jacket is being cleaned at a specialist cleaners. 6. The town hall has just been rebuilt for the council

EXERCISE 2 Match a word from 1-8 with something that is done by that person or in that place. Then make sentences using all the information and the verb in brackets. You may have to change the words or add new ones. An example is given a. vaccinate dogs (have) b. do annual accounts (have) c. service cars (get) d. test eyes (have) e. design new houses (have) f. cut hair (get) g. take out teeth (have) h. take blood pressure (get_


hairdressers 2. opticians 3. dentists 4. doctors 5. vets 6. garage 7. architect 8. accountant

1. Tomorrow Im going to go to 2. the hairdressers to get my hair cut. 2. Yesterday 3. This afternoon 4. Last week 5. Next Saturday 6. The day before yesterday 7. Last year 8. Next week

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