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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    spent a lot of money to do

    Can one day:
    1-I spent a lot of money to repair my television.
    instead of:
    2-I spent a lot of money to have my television repaired.

    Can one day:
    3-I spent a lot of money to build that house.
    instead of:
    4-I spent a lot of money to have that house built.

    I think "1" does not work by "3" does.
    I think one can't say:
    5-I repaired my television.
    if one had someone else do it.
    but one could say:
    6-I built that house.
    if one paid for it to be built.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: spent a lot of money to do

    For me:

    1 It's OK, but (on) repairing would work better for me.
    3 Yes
    5 It's OK- I would just assume that they meant that they got someone to do it unless they were the sort who could do it themselves.
    6 Fine

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