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    #1

    They have just have their car stolen.

    Hello,

    There is a mistake in the next sentence:

    "They have just have their car stolen."

    I think the forth word should be removed from the sentence to sounds correctly. Am I right?

    Denis.

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    #2

    Re: They have just have their car stolen.

    Yes, now I understand. What a stupid mistake.

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    #3

    Re: They have just have their car stolen.

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    I think the fourth word should be removed for the sentence to be correct.
    I am not a teacher, so please tell me whether the above corrections are correct.

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    #4

    Re: They have just have their car stolen.

    Yes, your corrections are correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: They have just have their car stolen.

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    Hello,

    There is a mistake in the next sentence:

    "They have just have their car stolen."

    I think the forth word should be removed from the sentence to sounds correctly. Am I right?

    Denis.
    I am not fond of this construction, even when it is corrected. The sentence could be read as the people having caused the car to be stolen. I prefer the much simpler "their car was stolen".

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    #6

    Re: They have just have their car stolen.

    It's another BrE vs AmE distinction. In BrE, we rarely use "to have someone do something" to mean "to make/force someone to do something". Because of that, "They have had their car stolen" will be immediately understood to mean "Someone has stolen their car".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: They have just have their car stolen.

    You don't say "I had my house painted" or "I had my car serviced"?

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    #8

    Re: They have just have their car stolen.

    We do use the standard causative, but we also use the structure for things happening to us, mostly bad things like being robbed,hurt,etc.

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