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    Smile What is the difference between 'get something to do' and 'get something doing'?

    a. How do I get it to print?
    b. How do I get it printing?

    c. I managed to get the clock to go.
    d. I managed to get the clock going.

    e. It gets my blood to boil.
    f. It gets my blood boiling.
    Last edited by hyounhg; 29-Nov-2009 at 06:28.

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    Exclamation Re: What is the difference between 'get something to do' and 'get something doing'?

    Quote Originally Posted by hyounhg View Post
    a. How do I get it printed (to print)?
    b. How do I get it printing?

    c. I managed to get the clock worked/repaired(to go).
    d. I managed to get the clock going.

    e. It gets my blood to boil. Here active construction works
    f. It gets my blood boiling.
    'have/get something done' has a passive in meaning. It may describe situations where we want someone else to do something for us.
    I'm going to have/get my hair cut.
    She's having/getting her house redecorated.
    So when you use ‘to get something done’ make it a passive construction only.
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    Default Re: What is the difference between 'get something to do' and 'get something doing'?

    She stood there, glaring at the printer, randomly pushing buttons. "How do I get it to print?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: What is the difference between 'get something to do' and 'get something doing'?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    'have/get something done' has a passive in meaning. It may describe situations where we want someone else to do something for us.
    I'm going to have/get my hair cut.
    She's having/getting her house redecorated.
    So when you use ‘to get something done’ make it a passive construction only.

    Hi!

    I' not a teacher.

    "So when you use ‘to get something done’ make it a passive construction only."

    What about this construction: get + direct object + infinitive where one can 'get something done' by persuading someone to do something:

    I got the watchmaker to repair my watch.
    She got a man to wash her car.

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    Default Re: What is the difference between 'get something to do' and 'get something doing'?

    Quote Originally Posted by omasta View Post
    Hi!

    I' not a teacher.

    "So when you use ‘to get something done’ make it a passive construction only."

    What about this construction: get + direct object + infinitive where one can 'get something done' by persuading someone to do something:

    I got the watchmaker to repair my watch.
    She got a man to wash her car.
    There is a difference. The expression is changed to "to get someone to do somthing". You can use active construction.

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