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    Which is thge correct usage

    Hello,

    My name is Nikolay. Just reaching out to you, because wanted to ask a question regarding the usage of these sentences.

    The first one. Can we use such a statement?

    • I want you to get changed.

    I beleive we can. So going further can we use these ones:

    • He wants to get this work done by the end of tomorrow.
    • He wants the work to get done by the end of tomorrow.
    • He wants this work to be completed by the end of tomorrow.

    Can you help me to understand which ones are correct which ones are not. What are the differences?

    Thanks a lot.
    Best regards
    Nikolay

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    Re: Which is thge correct usage

    Hello Nicolay

    The statement I want you to get changed is grammatical as is the alternative word order I want to get you changed, but the meanings differ. For example,


    [1] Max wants Sam to get changed.
    Meaning: Sam is to change
    The meaning is derived from the word order: want + Sam to get changed wherein Sam is the actor, the doer of get changed.


    [2] Max wants (____) to get Sam changed.
    Meaning: someone needs to change Sam
    The subject of to get is left empty: Max wants ____ (i.e., someone) to get Sam changed.

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    • He wants ( ___) to get this work done.
      • either by himself or someone else will do the work
    • He wants the work to get done/be completed.
      • by someone else


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    Re: Which is thge correct usage

    Thanks you very much. Excellent explanation which was easily understood. Best regards.
    Nikolay

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