Oh, my, it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything! Well, 20 days to be more precise… I must apologize, but as a lot of people do at the end of the year, I was quite busy working and also having my health checked. I had my blood taken to have some tests run and I’ve had my eyes checked, too. Everything is just fine!
Have you noticed the underlined sentences above? They all refer to things I can’t do myself, but need other people to do them for me. To express that idea, we use the following structure: HAVE* + something + DONE. The verb ‘have‘ can be used in any verb tense; the ‘something‘ is what somebody will do for you instead of you doing it yourself; ‘done‘ means that you have to use the past participle of the verb (the 3rd column, remember?).
Now, can you think of other examples of things you have done for you? Let’s see…
– My husband has his hair cut every couple of weeks.
– We couldn’t use the classroom because the school was having it painted.
– Flight attendants must have their nails done every week.
– After rejecting the take-off, the pilots had the tires checked as a precaution.
We don’t usually have to say who has done something for us, because it’s usually obvious (who else is going to repair a car but a mechanic?). But if necessary, you may add ‘by someone‘ after the ‘have something done’ structure, just to be more specific. For example:
– My mother used to have her hair cut by my grandmother when she was a child.
* you may use the verb ‘get’ instead of ‘have’.