Causative Have

Causative "have" is a construction in English where the subject arranges for someone else to do something for them. It implies that the subject exercises control or authority over the action, typically involving another person performing the task on behalf of the subject.

1. Structure:

Subject + Have + Object + Base Form of Verb

2. Meaning:

The subject arranges for someone else to perform an action or task on their behalf.

3. Examples:

She had her car washed yesterday. (She arranged for someone else to wash her car.)

He has his assistant handle all the paperwork. (He arranges for his assistant to handle the paperwork.)

They had their house painted last summer. (They arranged for painters to paint their house.)

4. Usage:

Causative "have" is commonly used in situations where someone delegates tasks or responsibilities to others.

It's often used when the subject has the authority or control over the action being performed by someone else.

It's a way to express arrangements or actions that the subject initiates but does not perform themselves.


Tense Example Explanation
Present Simple She has her hair cut every month. She arranges for someone else to cut her hair regularly.
Present Continuous They are having their house renovated. They are arranging for someone to renovate their house.
Present Perfect He has had his computer repaired. He arranged for someone to repair his computer.
Past Simple We had our car serviced last week. We arranged for someone to service our car.
Past Continuous She was having her dress altered. She was arranging for someone to alter her dress.
Past Perfect They had their house painted. They arranged for someone to paint their house.
Future Simple He will have his teeth checked tomorrow. He will arrange for someone to check his teeth.
Future Continuous They will be having their roof repaired next month. They will be arranging for someone to repair their roof.
Future Perfect She will have her car serviced by then. She will arrange for someone to service her car by then.

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