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    Sentence transformation - causative or...?

    Hello to everybody. My nephew had homework on sentence transforming. One of the sentences was:

    My mum cleaned my room.

    The teacher told students that they were supposed to transform the sentence like this:

    I had my room cleaned.

    That made me wonder - don't we use causative to say that some sort of a professional service was done for us? If the agent who did something for me was my mum, it can't be in causative form, or am I wrong? In my opinion, this sentence could be transformed into a passive voice:

    My room was cleaned by my mum.

    I'm looking forward to your soon reply

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    Re: Sentence transformation - causative or...?

    'He went home from college once a week, to have his washing done'. This is OK (grammatically, at least .)

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    Re: Sentence transformation - causative or...?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'He went home from college once a week, to have his washing done'. This is OK (grammatically, at least .)

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    Then I guess I was wrong. It simply didn't sound ok to me. Thank you

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    Re: Sentence transformation - causative or...?

    I think it's a matter of what grammar books mean by causative.

    • He had his trousers cleaned. Obviously causative.
    • He had dirty trousers. [Obviously not]
    • He had his trousers cleaned for him when the car drove through the puddle] []


    In my view, intrention has to be involved.

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    PS It was a puddle of cleaning fluid, of course.
    Last edited by BobK; 24-May-2014 at 14:12. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: Sentence transformation - causative or...?

    Quote Originally Posted by aleksije View Post
    If the agent who did something for me was my mum, it can't be in causative form, or am I wrong?
    It can be. But it's a bit cheeky to say, "I had my mum clean my room".

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