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    Get + object + past participle

    Hello,

    In the next sentence there is at least one mistake:

    "We're getting a friend looked after our house while we're away."

    I think the correct one will be:

    "We get a friend looked after our house while we're away."

    I think there are no more mistakes, is it true?

    Denis,

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    I am not a teacher.

    I'm afraid it is still full of mistakes. Your tenses are mixed. Is this something planned for the future, or something that has already happened?
    Last edited by Roman55; 03-Nov-2015 at 14:01. Reason: correcting typo

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Maybe:


    "We are getting a friend to look after our house while we're away."

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    This is one of the sentences of the progress test of Course Book. Jan Bell Amanda Tomas. First English Certificate. (p. 149)
    The taks is: There is a mistake in each of the following sentences. Underline the mistakes and correct them. There may be more than one possibility. (No more information).
    So, I think they want to tell about something which happens now and will have the consecuence in the future.
    Probably the most appropiate correction would be:

    "We get a friend looked after our house for a while we will be away.
    "

    What do you think?
    Last edited by denismurs; 04-Nov-2015 at 10:53. Reason: orthography

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    We're getting a friend to look after our house while we're away.
    I have confused with the structure have/get something done but this structure refers to the past. And in the present we need to use get + sombody + infinitive to persuade someone to do something we want.

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    I have confused with the structure have/get something done but this structure refers to the past.
    I think it can also refer to the future, as in 'I will have/get my car repaired'.

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    And in the present we need to use get + sombody + infinitive to persuade someone to do something we want.
    I think it can also refer to the past, as in 'I got a mechanic to repair my car'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it can also refer to the future, as in 'I will have/get my car repaired'.


    I think it can also refer to the past, as in 'I got a mechanic to repair my car'.
    Yes of course especially in colloquial language.
    I want to pass the exam and in the coursebook they write: have + object + past participle (the most common form) and get + object + past participle (also possibly when people are speaking informally):
    1. to say that someone else did something for you because you wanted them to.
    2. We also use have something done to say that someone else did something to you even though you didn't want them to.
    3. We use get somebody to do/make somebody do something when we want to persuade or force somebody to do something for us.

    I agree with you that the third one may be used as in the past as in the future tense.
    Last edited by denismurs; 04-Nov-2015 at 13:35. Reason: orthography

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    have + object + past participle
    get + object + past participle
    Both can refer to the future. See the following examples:

    'We're having our car repaired.'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie.../have_1?q=have
    'I'll never get all this work finished.'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...lish/get?q=get
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Get + object + past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by denismurs View Post
    This is one of the sentences of the progress test of Course Book. Jan Bell Amanda Tomas. First English Certificate. (p. 149)
    The taks is: There is a mistake in each of the following sentences. Underline the mistakes and correct them. There may be more than one possibility. (No more information).
    So, I think they want to tell about something which happens now and will have the consecuence in the future.
    Probably the most appropiate correction would be:

    "We get a friend looked after our house for a while we will be away.
    "

    What do you think?

    No. That's not correct.
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