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    Getting operations

    1. He's very scared of getting operations because he's very afraid of injection needles.

    Does this sentence sound grammatical and natural to say?

    Thank you so much

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    Re: Getting operations

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    1. He's very scared of getting operations because he's very afraid of injection needles.

    Does this sentence sound grammatical and natural to say?

    Thank you so much
    We have operations, we don't get them.

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    Re: Getting operations

    There are many, many opportunities for doctors to stick needles in you even if you do not have an operation.

    Also, "injection needles" is redundant. If you are talking about medical procedures, saying you have a fear of needles is enough.

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    Re: Getting operations

    Mr SoothingDave and bhaisahab!

    - In this situation I have to rewrite like this, right?

    "He's very scared of having operations because he's very afraid of needles / he has a fear of needles / he fears needle"

    Thank you so much

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    Re: Getting operations

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    Mr SoothingDave and bhaisahab!

    - In this situation I have to rewrite like this, right?

    "He's very scared of having operations because he's very afraid of needles / he has a fear of needles / he fears needles"

    Thank you so much
    Yes, that's right.

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    Re: Getting operations

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    We have operations, we don't get them.
    Is it for we don't want that to happen?
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: Getting operations

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Is it for we don't want that to happen?
    Thank you so much!
    I don't understand what you're asking.

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    Re: Getting operations

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I don't understand what you're asking.
    I mean we don't want any operations, so we say "we have operations" not "we get operations", is it right?
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: Getting operations

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    I mean we don't want any operations, so we say "we have operations" not "we get operations", is it right?
    Thank you so much!
    .......................
    I'm not a teacher
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    In this particular example it seems it's just a matter of collocation.


    Interestingly enough, you use the formula with "have a something" when the pleasure of the subject and no particular purpose are involved (that's not the only way you use the structure though) e.g.

    1. I had a walk/ stroll/ swim.
    2. I had a walk to my friend's place.
    - It might be pleasurable for the subject (you), but it serves a purpose - you want to reach your friend's place, it has a destination point
    3. Every weekend we had a walk around the pond.
    - You can say 'where' but not for what purpose

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    P.S. You can find more information on this and similar structures in The Semantics of Grammar by Anna Wierzbicka. The chapter's titled Why you can have a drink when you can't *have an eat.

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    Re: Getting operations

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
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    I'm not a teacher
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    In this particular example it seems it's just a matter of collocation.


    Interestingly enough, you use the formula with "have a something" when the pleasure of the subject and no particular purpose are involved (that's not the only way you use the structure though) e.g.

    1. I had a walk/ stroll/ swim.
    2. I had a walk to my friend's place.
    - It might be pleasurable for the subject (you), but it serves a purpose - you want to reach your friend's place, it has a destination point
    3. Every weekend we had a walk around the pond.
    - You can say 'where' but not for what purpose

    .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ...............................
    P.S. You can find more information on this and similar structures in The Semantics of Grammar by Anna Wierzbicka. The chapter's titled Why you can have a drink when you can't *have an eat.
    Thank you! Your explanation is about when using Have and when not. But the problem here is the choice between have/get. Do you mean when we can't use "have", we can use "get" instead?
    Thank you so much!
    Plus, please tell me what P.S is?

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