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    Question Does "have something done" mean " something" is always done by someone else?

    I look up "have" in a dictionary and the dictionary says "have" means "to cause something to be done for you by somebody else."
    I wonder if it is always so.
    For example,
    I just had my car washed.-->My car was washed by someone instead of me.
    Sally had her room painted blue.--> Sally's room was painted blue by someone instead of Sally.
    So, my doubt is can it also mean I did it myself?
    I just had my car washed. --> I can wash my car, so I did it myself. I just had my car washed (by me).

    Or how can I use "have" to let others understand I do something by myself?



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    Re: Does "have something done" mean " something" is always done by someone else?

    'I just got my car washed' could mean that it was done by the speaker.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Does "have something done" mean " something" is always done by someone else?

    Quote Originally Posted by handtohsome View Post
    Or how can I use "have" to let others understand I do something by myself?
    You can't.

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    Re: Does "have something done" mean " something" is always done by someone else?

    No, Matthew. That's not right. "I have just washed my car" means that I did it myself.

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    Re: Does "have something done" mean " something" is always done by someone else?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, Matthew. That's not right. "I have just washed my car" means that I did it myself.
    I agree, However, "I('ve) just got my catrwashed" could be said informally by someone who had just completed the task themselves.

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