GRAMMAR

CAUSATIVE GRAMMAR

CAUSATIVE GRAMMAR

The causative is used when we pay, make or delegate someone else to do something for us.

 

FORM = NOUN + HAVE/GET + NOUN + PAST PARTICIPLE (+ BY/WITH + NOUN/SUBJECT)

 

Examples:                                                                                           Meaning:

I get my hair cut by the barber on Main Street.                  The barber on Main Street cuts my hair.

I have my shopping delivered to my house.                         The shopping is delivered to my house.

I am going to have the house painted.                                   I will pay someone to paint my house.

I had my car fixed at the garage.                                                               The mechanic fixed my car at the garage.

 

*Using get is more informal than have but has exactly the same meaning and is more common in spoken English.

 

PASSIVE

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