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    Default causitive-passsive meaning...

    Hi,

    Passive Voice: GET / HAVE SOMETHING DONE

    -Jim had his car stolen last night. (= Jim's car was stolen)

    At the same time, can we assume that there may be neglect of Jim, for example, Jim may have forgotten the key on the ignition switch, is that right?

    -Jim had his car stolen last night. Because he had forgotten the key on the ignition switch.

    What I understand is this.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: causitive-passsive meaning...

    We don't leave a key in the ignition switch. We just leave the key in the ignition. "Forgot" doesn't work here either.


    If you want to say all of that, you don't need two sentences:

    Jim had his car stolen last night because he left the key in the ignition.
    Jim had his car stolen last night because he forgot to take the key out of the ignition.
    Jim's car was stolen last night - he had left the key in the ignition. Idiot!

    You can't assume that he left the key in the ignition just because he had his car stolen though. The thieves may have simply smashed a window and hotwired the car.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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