2SITUATION:The roof of Jill’s house was damaged in a storm, so she arranged for somebody to repair it. Yesterday a workman came and did the job.
3Have something done Jill had the roof repaired yesterday. Jill arranged for somebody else to repair the roof. She didn’t repair it herself.
4Have something done Compare: Jill repaired the roof. (=She repaired it herself)Jill had the roof repaired. (=She arranged for somebody else to repair it)
5 She is going to have her car repaired ‘Are you going to repair the car yourself?’‘No. I’m going to have it repaired’ She is going to have her car repaired
6Examples: Jill had the roof repaired yesterday. We are having the house painted at the moment.Julia has just had central heating installed in her house.
7Structure: S + have + object+ Past Participle Jill had the roof repaired yesterday. S + have + object+ Past Participle
8Note: Sometimes “have something done” has a different meaning . Jill and Eric had all their money stolen while they were on holiday.#They arranged for somebody to steal their money.
9Note: They had all their money stolen. All their money was stolen from them.Something (not nice) happens to somebody or their belongings
10Examples: George has his nose broken in a fight. Have you ever had your passport stolen?Fred had his hat blown off in the wind.
11Get something doneIn informal spoken English, we can also say “get something done” instead of “have something done”:When are you going to get the roof repaired? (=have the roof repaired)I think you should get your hair cut.(=have your hair cut)