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    #1

    have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Can some one tell me the usage of those two grammar structures? I always got them mixed up in my test.

    Here is an example so you can have a better idea of what am I talking about:
    Jack is not home right now but I'll have him call/calling you when he is.

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    #2

    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    Can some one tell me the usage of those two grammar structures? I always got them mixed up in my test.

    Here is an example so you can have a better idea of what am I talking about:
    Jack is not home right now but I'll have him call/calling you when he is.
    "...I'll have him calling you when he is" is incorrect.

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    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "...I'll have him calling you when he is" is incorrect.
    Any particular reason?

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    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    Any particular reason?
    Only that the stucture is HAVE someone do something not HAVE someone doing something.

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    #5

    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    have - definition of have by Macmillan Dictionary
    have someone doing something: We need to have everyone sitting down at the same table.

    Is this incorrect, or is it different in meaning from "have someone do something"?

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    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Quote Originally Posted by AKB48 View Post
    have - definition of have by Macmillan Dictionary
    have someone doing something: We need to have everyone sitting down at the same table.

    Is this incorrect, or is it different in meaning from "have someone do something"?
    It's rather different. If you have someone do something, you cause them to do it.

    You sentence, above, means something like: We need to be in a situation wwhere everyone is sitting at the same table.

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    #7

    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Thank you, 5jj. Would the phrase "have someone doing something" itself be incorrect?

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    #8

    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Not in the right context.

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    #9

    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Thank you, 5jj. I wouldn't say "have someone doing something" instead of "get someone do something" or "have someone do something."

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    #10

    Re: have sb do st vs have sb doing st

    Quote Originally Posted by AKB48 View Post
    Thank you, 5jj. I wouldn't say "have someone doing something" instead of "get someone do something" or "have someone do something."
    It is to get someone to do something and implies some sort of obligation, as in the speaker means to convince someone to do something for them.

    I'll get my wife to cook your favourite dish when you come to dinner.


    Hope it helps

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