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    almost had the job done

    1-I almost had the job done.
    2-I almost got the job done.

    Which of the above COULD mean
    a-I almost did the job.

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    3-I almost had the diamond stolen.
    4-I almost got the diamond stolen.

    Which of the above COULD mean:
    b-I almost stole the diamond.

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    5-I almost had the car repaired.

    6-I almost got the car repaired.

    Which of the above COULD mean:
    c-I almost repaired the car.

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    Re: almost had the job done

    You have a go at choosing the correct answers first, please.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: almost had the job done

    Thank you very much Grumpy for the challenge!!

    Here goes:

    1-I almost had the job done.
    2-I almost got the job done. This one could mean that. The first one cannot. As far as I can see.

    Which of the above COULD mean
    a-I almost did the job.

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    3-I almost had the diamond stolen.
    4-I almost got the diamond stolen.

    Neither work.

    Which of the above COULD mean:
    b-I almost stole the diamond.

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    5-I almost had the car repaired.

    6-I almost got the car repaired.
    6 can have that meaning.

    5 would work with that meaning if it was followed by something like 'before he came back'.
    I had it in a working condition.
    In that case, the meaning of 'have' would be very close to 'own'. I was in possession of it and it had been repaired.

    Have the car repaired by five o'clock.

    That might mean 'repair it yourself and finish the job by five o'clock'. But one still cannot be sure who is doing the repairing. It might be 'you'.

    I will have this question answered in no time.

    That works. But you need an time adverbial. So '5' does not work with that meaning because it does not have a time adverbial.

    Which of the above COULD mean:
    c-I almost repaired the car.

    I did my best and I was as thorough as I could be!

    Gratefully,
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    Re: almost had the job done

    Well done, Navi. You get much better value by trying them yourself initially.
    As I'm sure you already know, many things in English depend very much on the context. Also, there is often a big difference in what is acceptable in informal colloquial English as it is spoken, and in more formal English as it is written.

    Taking all of these examples as expressions which might be used informally, I consider that all of them COULD mean what was listed under "a" in each case. In these contexts, there is no significant difference between "had" and "got".
    I agree with you that 3 and 4 are the least likely, but they still COULD certainly mean "I almost stole the diamond" when speaking colloquially.
    Consider a burglar saying, "I managed to open the safe, and I almost had/got the diamond stolen. Then the police walked in!"

    It's the same with the colloquial expression, meaning to have successfully finished or solved something, which can be expressed as "I've cracked it" and "I've got it cracked".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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