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    I have my hands done too.

    Dear teachers,

    This morning I read two very simple sentences in a Grammar book, namely:

    “I must also have my hands done.”
    “I must have my hands done too.”

    The topic was replacing “also” by more colloquial “too”.

    However I wandered from the subject. My attention was focused on the literal sense of the both. At first I was puzzled over the meaning in my natural language but subsequently I remember a few examples of sentences with similar configuration.

    have something done

    I must have my hair washed, moisturized and blow-dried properly.
    Every time I have my hair pulled back in a ponytail style.

    So I think I might to extend the boundaries of the original sentence.

    “I let my nails grow so I must have my hands done.”

    Would you tell your thoughts on the matter?

    From the second hand I know that only a scarcely perceptible difference in the word’s configuration might work a fundamental change of the meaning.

    For example I remember the following words from the Bible:

    “Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul.”

    How odd!!!

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: I have my hands done too.

    [1] I must have my hands done.
    => have someone do my hands for me, whatever 'do' means I don't know. Could mean, massage, could mean plastic surgery, but whatever it means it's definitely causitive in structure.


    [2]“Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul.”
    => "my hands" is the subject in this case. The person's hands have committed some act. This meaning is different from [1].

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    Re: I have my hands done too.

    When someone gets a manicure, they use the phrase, "getting my hands done."


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    Re: I have my hands done too.

    They do? Must be a USA thing. Get my nails done, right?

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    Re: I have my hands done too.

    Yes - we say

    I must get my hair done before I go to the dance.

    I must get my feet and nails done before I go out.

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    Re: I have my hands done too.

    Dear Soup and susiedqq,

    Thank you very much for your explanatory notes. They gave me a leg up. This was some help.

    I hope you can well understand why have I move that question be put to debate. The original sentence was very inconclusive and obscure for me.

    Thank you again for your backing.

    Regards.

    V.

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