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    tattooed my arm

    Can I say
    a. I had tattooed my arm.
    b. I had a horse tattooed on my arm.

    if I had had someone else do the tattooing?

    Can I say
    c. I had painted a horse on my shirt.
    if I had had someone else do it?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: tattooed my arm

    "I had tattooed my arm" doesn't suggest that someone else did it. It is the past perfect form (first person singular) of the verb "to tattoo". It means that you tattooed your own arm.

    "I had my arm tattooed" makes it clear that someone else did it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: tattooed my arm

    And the same follows for c):

    I had a horse painted on my shirt.

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