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    #1

    cut my hair

    Can one use:
    1-I repaired my bike.
    if one did not do the repairs oneself and had someone else do it?

    Can one use:
    2-I cut my hair.
    if one did not cut one's hair oneself and had someone else do it?

    Gratefully,
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    #2

    Re: cut my hair

    Yes in both cases.

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    #3

    Re: cut my hair

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one use:
    1-I repaired my bike.
    if one did not do the repairs oneself and had someone else do it?

    Can one use:
    2-I cut my hair.
    if one did not cut one's hair oneself and had someone else do it?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    If you wish your real meaning to be understood, "no" in both cases.

    I had my bike repaired. I got my bike repaired.
    I had my hair cut. I got my hair cut. I got a haircut.

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    Re: cut my hair

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If you wish your real meaning to be understood, "no" in both cases.

    I had my bike repaired. I got my bike repaired.
    I had my hair cut. I got my hair cut. I got a haircut.
    But that doesn't stop people doing it, especially the second (in BrE).

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    Re: cut my hair

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    But that doesn't stop people doing it, especially the second (in BrE).
    Ambiguity abounds.

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    #6

    Re: cut my hair

    Did you cut your hair?

    Absolutely standard English in my opinion. I've heard it a million times.

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    Re: cut my hair

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Did you cut your hair?

    Absolutely standard English in my opinion. I've heard it a million times.
    Yes, and it has two meanings. I know people who cut their own hair.

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    Re: cut my hair

    I am sorry for them.

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    #9

    Re: cut my hair

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I am sorry for them.
    LOL! Based on the results, I often am also. But in NYC, haircuts are expensive.

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    #10

    Re: cut my hair

    I'm inclined to agree with Mike, although it implies that you did it yourself more with the "repair my bike" than "cut my hair."

    I agree "Did you cut your hair?" probably means "Did you get your hair cut?" and you'll hear it in the form of a question, but not nearly as often as "I cut my hair" if you mean you had it cut.

    I'd say "I'm getting my hair cut" or "I'm thinking about getting a haircut" not "I'm [thinking about] cutting my hair."

    If you said to me "I repaired my bike" I would 100% assume you did it yourself.
    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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