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2009.10.14 (Review of 2002.05.21 edition)

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Today's WordMaster should be considered Part 2 of the lesson we began yesterday. Take a good look at both editions and make sure you understand the differences.

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 間違いやすいボキャブラリー
HAVE (SOMEONE) DO (SOMETHING)
(誰かに)(何かを)〜してもらう

Explanation

  • To “have someone do” something is to arrange for someone to do it. For example, you can “have a mechanic repair your car” by paying a mechanic to repair it. The meaning is basically the same as “have something done,” but today's pattern is used when you want to say WHO does something.

    Be Careful! In this pattern, the verb at the end (the “do” part of the pattern) is in the base (or “dictionary”) form. For example, “repair,” “take,” and “see.”
  • have someone do something は、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 a mechanic repair your car と言います。意味は基本的に have something done と同じですが、今回の文型は何かをするのが誰なのかを伝えたいときに使います。

    注意:この文型では、最後に来る動詞(doの部分)は原形にします。例えば、repair、take、see などです。

HAVE (SOMEONE) DO (SOMETHING)

examples

  1. (hotel front desk clerk to guest)
    I'll have the bellhop take your bags to your room.
  2. I think I need to have IT look at my computer. It keeps crashing.
  3. (on the phone)
    a: I'm sorry, but Mr. Adams is out of the office right now.
    b: Would you have him call me when he gets back, please?
  4. I'm having a neighbor water my plants and feed my fish while I'm away, so I want to get her something to thank her.

英会話レッスンTake care!