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    Talking Did not have it dyed?

    Hi! I just wanna ask if this is correct.

    I did not have my hair dyed for him.

    Until now, I still haven't mastered the use of have when it means let.

    Examples:
    Have it checked...
    Have it written...
    Have it signed by...


    Are these correct? So when I use have, I also must use the past participle of the verb that will go with it?

    Thank you! :)

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    Re: Did not have it dyed?

    Not a teacher

    You don't have to be bound by past participle or bare infiinitive. If the object's action is active, you can use bare infinitive, and if it is passive, you can use past participle.

    1. I had a mechanic repair my car. -bare infinitive

    2. I had my car repaired by a mechanic. - past participle

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    Re: Did not have it dyed?

    It doesn't mean "let" or "allow" - it means to cause something to be done.

    Your sentence doesn't really make sense.

    Someone else dyed my hair, but I didn't do it to make him happy. -- That's how I would understand it, but I suspect you didn't mean that.
    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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    Re: Did not have it dyed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It doesn't mean "let" or "allow" - it means to cause something to be done.

    Your sentence doesn't really make sense.

    Someone else dyed my hair, but I didn't do it to make him happy. -- That's how I would understand it, but I suspect you didn't mean that.

    That's what I understood, and it does make sense as long as the 'him' is not a hairdresser.

    My new boyfriend said he liked redheads, and I was in fact thinking of having my hair done that colour. So I went ahead. But I did not have my hair dyed for him.

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