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Hello.Here are two exercises i came across today.
I really must get.......the central heating.
a)somebody to fix
They ought to have......replace the broken windows.
The correct answers are marked with red.
I don't get it.Why does the first sentence use the long infinitive and the second sentence the short infinitive?
The correct answer is : CAUSATIVE VERBS AND THEIR USAGE
This is a matter of using causative structures. Among other causative verbs - have, make, let - get is the only one followed by a long infinitive.
Difference in use between have and get as causative verbs:
I`ll have the mechanic check my brakes - I`ll give the mechanic the responsibility to check my brakes
I`ll get the mechanic to check my brakes - the mechanic is not convinced that there is smth wrong with my brakes [ the brakes of my car ] but, still, I convinced him to check them.
I do not think in everyday life there is a semantical difference between "getting" a mechanic to check your brakes and "having" him do it.