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    The latest report from the North Korea rumor mill is that Kim Jong Un is having senior generals executed by mortar fire.
    More: What You Missed While You Were Refreshing Drudge and FiveThirtyEight - By Joshua E. Keating | Foreign Policy


    Will you tell me which causative is this, please?


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    Default Re: "... is having ... executed by ..."

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    Here is some information that may interest you:

    "When we wish to show that some action was performed ... by somebody else at our instigation [our orders], we use the

    verb to have and the past participle."

    The book's example: I have + my shoes + shined + (by someone).

    Then the book says: "The participle ... is really [in reality] a passive infinitive with to be suppressed [not said]."

    *****

    Thus, your quoted sentence seems to be:

    The leader + is having + senior generals + (to be) executed + (by mortar fire).


    IF my analysis is correct, all the the credit goes to Practice Exercises in Everyday English For Advanced Foreign Students

    by Robert J. Dixson, pages 156 -157 in the 1957 edition.


    James

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    Default Re: "... is having ... executed by ..."

    It's the present progressive form of the causative- the killing of the generals is a current unfinished process- more will die according to this report.

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