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For Life
2009.10.13(Review of 2002.05.20 edition)

Greetings, on this post-Health-and-Sports-Day Tuesday!

If you've ever taken lessons at a Berlitz LC, you know that our instruction is practical and task-based. But that doesn't mean we ignore grammar completely - it's just that we focus on how grammar is used in real situations rather than have students memorize a lot of rules out of context. We'll give you a taste of that approach this week as we look at a set of expressions for talking about WHO does WHAT!

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HAVE (SOMETHING) DONE   (何かを)〜してもらう

Explanation

  • To “have something done” is to arrange for someone (NOT yourself) to do something. For example, you can “have your car repaired” by paying a mechanic to repair it for you.

    Be Careful! In this pattern, the verb at the end (the “done” part of the pattern) is the past participle. For example, “repair” becomes “repaired,” “take” becomes “taken,” “see” becomes “seen,” etc.
  • have something done は、(自分以外の)誰かが何かをするように手配する、つまり、(誰かに)何かを〜してもらう、という意味です。例えば、修理工に代金を払って車の修理をしてもらうというような場合、have your car repaired と言います。

    注意:この文型では、最後に来る動詞(doneの部分)は過去分詞にします。例えば、repair は repaired、take は taken、see は seen などとなります。

HAVE (SOMETHING) DONE

examples

  1. Your hair looks great! Where did you have it cut?
  2. Every year on Karen's birthday, we have her picture taken by a professional photographer.
  3. When I was in Thailand, I had two suits made for less than 5000 yen.
  4. You should have the oil changed and the tire pressure checked about every 3000 miles.

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