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  1. superlearn

    causative and past participle in past tense

    I took a test on causative verbs and I got all the answers correct except one. I understand why the first answer is not the right choice because the sentence specifies that the action should have taken a long time ago. Therefore, it is not about present. However, I don't understand why the second choice is the right one. Please advise. Thank you.
    Q12 - You should .......... a long time ago
    have it fixed
    have had it fixed

  2. Philly's Avatar

    • Join Date: Jun 2006
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    Re: causative and past participle in past tense

    - You should have it fixed.
    This refers only to a future activity. It means "You should ask someone to fix it."

    - You should have had it fixed a long time ago.
    This refers to something that you failed to do in the past. It means "You should have asked someone to fix it a long time ago."
    Does that help?


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