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  1. Newbie
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    I had my parents visiting last week.

    I'm struggling to explain what's behind 'I had my parents visiting last week' structure to my students. It is not causative, is it?
    Is it a defining clause? 'I had my parents who were visiting last week?
    Please help.

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    Re: I had my parents visiting last week.

    If you have something occur/occurring/occurred, it can mean simply that this is what has happened to you. You did not cause it,

    I had my teacher shout at me for nothing this morning.
    Mary has her parents visiting at the moment.
    Paul had his pocket picked on the tram yesterday.
    I suppose I'll have my mother-in-law drop/dropping in this evening to check I am behaving myself while my wife is away.

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