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    Hi,
    ist it possible to say

    She has cut her hair or should I say

    She has got her hair cut

    ?
    I mean she hasn't cut it by herself.....

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    rip

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    Default Re: cut one's hair

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Hi,
    ist it possible to say

    She has cut her hair or should I say

    She has got her hair cut

    ?
    I mean she hasn't cut it by herself.....

    Thanks
    rip
    No, you say, "She has had her hair cut".
    If she didn't cut it herself, you can't say, "She's cut her hair."

    However, if it's something impersonal, like having her curtains changed, it doesn't matter who does it. You can say, "She's changed her curtains."

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    Default Re: cut one's hair

    Not a teacher.

    In American English, I believe "she's cut her hair" would widely be understood to mean "she's had her hair cut" (especially with proper context or without any reason to assume otherwise).

    I would specifically say, "she's cut her own hair" or maybe "she cut her hair herself" if I wanted to convey that idea. (Or supply additional context clues: "She took a pair of scissors and cut her hair.")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drear Pooson View Post
    Not a teacher.

    In American English, I believe "she's cut her hair" would widely be understood to mean "she's had her hair cut" (especially with proper context or without any reason to assume otherwise).
    Yes, I have a vague suspicion that this might be right. But I didn't think it was common enough to mention it.

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    Default Re: cut one's hair

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, I have a vague suspicion that this might be right. But I didn't think it was common enough to mention it.
    I don't think it's very common in BrE either. I've just asked my 16 year old daughter what she would say/expect to hear and she said "She's had her hair cut".

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