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    Short or long infinitive

    Hello.Here are two exercises i came across today.
    I really must get.......the central heating.
    a)somebody to fix
    b)somebody fix
    They ought to have......replace the broken windows.
    a)somebody to
    b)somebody
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    I don't get it.Why does the first sentence use the long infinitive and the second sentence the short infinitive?


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    Re: Short or long infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by cnistor View Post

    I don't get it.Why does the first sentence use the long infinitive and the second sentence the short infinitive?
    More commonly used terms are: 'the bare infinitive' (fix) and the 'to-infinitive' (to fix).

    I am afraid that the answer here is simply, "That's the way it is".

    We have somebody do something, but we get somebody to do something.

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    Re: Short or long infinitive

    Ok,thank you.

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    Re: Short or long infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by cnistor View Post
    Hello.Here are two exercises i came across today.
    I really must get.......the central heating.
    a)somebody to fix
    b)somebody fix
    They ought to have......replace the broken windows.
    a)somebody to
    b)somebody
    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?

    Hi
    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.

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    Re: Short or long infinitive

    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.

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