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    have something done

    Hi,

    Here is a sentence I don't understand:


    At the end of a month club leader had the unruly youths eating out of his hand.


    My question is:

    Should "eating" be "eaten" in the sentence?

    Thanks a lot

    If the sentence sounds unnatural and old-fashioned, please let me know.

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    Re: have something done

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    At the end of a month club leader had the unruly youths eating out of his hand.

    My question is: Should "eating" be "eaten" in the sentence? No
    The sentence means that he brought about a situation which caused the boys to eat out of his hand.

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    Re: have something done

    Thanks a lot, five.

    Can you tell me why here should be "eating" rather than "eaten"?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: have something done

    'eating' - active: the boys were eating

    'eaten' - passive: the boys were eaten. (Unlikely!)

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