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    Causative Verb

    could please tell me about where we can use causative verb. I know causative verb and its use. My problem is I dont know where we have to use one particular causative verbs like Get, Make, Had

    1. I had my car service.
    2. I will get this done tomorrow.

    Why in first sentence get has not been used in place of had.
    Why in 2nd sentence had has not been used in place of get.

    Likewise can you please explain me other forms of cauative verb also.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    1- It should be 'serviced' and you could replace it with 'got' IMO.
    2- This is ambiguous as the speaker could be the one who actually does the work or is responsible for ensuring it's done. If you changed it to 'have', then it would be clear that it was a straight causative.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    Why we sometime use "Had" and sometimes "get" as causative Verb


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1- It should be 'serviced' and you could replace it with 'got' IMO.
    2- This is ambiguous as the speaker could be the one who actually does the work or is responsible for ensuring it's done. If you changed it to 'have', then it would be clear that it was a straight causative.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    But Why we sometime use "Had" and sometimes "get" as causative Verb


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1- It should be 'serviced' and you could replace it with 'got' IMO.
    2- This is ambiguous as the speaker could be the one who actually does the work or is responsible for ensuring it's done. If you changed it to 'have', then it would be clear that it was a straight causative.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    'Get' tends to be a bit more colloquial, and blurs onto the passive. 'Have' tends to be used when we are talking about misfortunes, surprises, etc- he had his car stolen.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    Then Can we say I got my car serviced.


    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Get' tends to be a bit more colloquial, and blurs onto the passive. 'Have' tends to be used when we are talking about misfortunes, surprises, etc- he had his car stolen.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    "I had my car serviced"

    There is no surprise in it. Then why word "had" has been used.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rupali
    Then Can we say I got my car serviced.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    They're near synonyms in that context:

    EX: I had/got my car serviced.

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    Re: Causative Verb

    When you are looking at the causative verb, how are you able to differentiate the causative from the passive? "I had my car serviced" could be by someone, therefore making it passive. If I use "have" instead of "had" or "got", I see the need to use a modal verb to help accomplish the sentence. Is there something here that I'm not comprehending?

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