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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Inverted sentences

    I have some trouble in making and understanding inverted sentences.

    Which one is correct?

    1. Have the workers bring in the kitchen cupboard and then let them go.

    or

    2.1. Have the workers brought in the kitchen cupboard and then let them go.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Inverted sentences

    This is not an inverted sentence - this is a command.
    Have [someone] [do something] = You should make sure that someone does something.

    Have the workers bring in the cupboard = I am asking YOU to make sure that the workers do this thing.

    The form is "Have the workers bring" so 1 is correct and 2.1 is wrong if you are writing a command.

    If you are asking a question, you can say "Have the workers brought in the cupboard?" (But then "and then let them go" wouldn't make sense.)
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-Feb-2014 at 18:43. Reason: minor typo
    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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