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  1. terrenziqq's Avatar
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    #1

    have someone do something = get someone...

    I had Tina send the mails for me. = I got Tina send the mails for me.
    or
    = I got Tina to send the mails for me.
    Someone argued with me about this today.
    In formal articles, is the "to" a must?
    (I think so while the person doesn't .)
    What about daily conversation? Is the "to" omittable?

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    #2

    Re: have someone do something = get someone...

    I am not either a native speaker or teacher.

    But I know about the question you asked.
    You can't omit the 'to' in this sentence : "I got Tina to send the mails for me."


    The follwing are for helping you understand the matter easily.

    I made/had/let Tina send the mails for me . This is correct.

    I made/had/let Tina to send the mails for me. This is not correct.

    You must omit the 'to' in the upper sentence.
    Each 'to' in the upper sentence must be omitted.

    The ommittable 'to' is in the follwing sentences.

    I bade him to guard the house.
    I will help you to pass the exam.


    Unfortunately, I have no idea about daily conversation.
    In school grammar you can not omit the 'to' in the sentence you mentioned.


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    #3

    Re: have someone do something = get someone...

    I had/made Tina send the mails for me. = I got Tina TO send the mails for me

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    #4

    Re: have someone do something = get someone...

    In daily conversation, it will sound very odd to omit the "to."

    Also, mail is not countable.

    She sent "the letters" or she sent "the mail," but not "the mails."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: have someone do something = get someone...

    I have seen some sentences including the noun 'mail' in plural form.

    This is one of them.

    The mails, sent through these networks, were finally tracked to the residence of a US national Kenneth Haywood in Navi Mumbai and to the unsecured Wi-Fi network of Chembur-based Kamran Powers Control.
    <Economic Times - ‎Nov 16, 2009‎>

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    #6

    Re: have someone do something = get someone...

    Thank you, guys. I feel much better after reading your answers.

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