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    Could you explain it to me?

    Hi everybody. I have a doubt.
    If I say "I have my house painted" I want to mean that someone has painted my house for me, is this right?
    If I say " I had my hair cut", this means that someone has cut my hair, is it right?

    But yesterday night I saw a movie and I heard this sentence " I made my family disappered". This sentence has been pronounced by a boy who believed his family had gone away because of his bad behavior. I thought he was wrong and the sentence should be " I had my family disappered". Could you explain this to me? Are the two sentences I wrote up right? Or am I in front of two different grammatical rules? Thanks in advance if you could gimme some examples.

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    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    I had someone do something. <They did it for me>
    I made someone do something. <I did it on my own.>

    Does that help?

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    #3

    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    thanks so the sentences written up are correct?


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    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    I made my family disappered
    It's I made my family disappear. For sure.

    By Kevin McCallister in Home Alone, perhaps?

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    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    I have my house painted every year.
    I had my hair cut yesterday.

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    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    Yes I heard it in Home Alone! so, after "made" do I have to use the present and not the past participle? and with "Have" do I have to use the past participle?

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    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    ...so, after "made" do I have to use the present and not the past participle? and with "Have" do I have to use the past participle?
    Bare infinitive
    Make someone do something.
    Made someone do something.
    Will make someone do something.

    Past participle
    Have something done.
    Had something done.
    Will have someting done.

    Does that help?

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    Question Re: Could you explain it to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    I made someone do something. <I did it on my own.>
    Hiya, Casiopea

    Are you sure about that? I thought it meant that someone else does something for me at my request, or after my persuasion. Am I right?

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    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    I'm not sure what Cas meant to say, but if I say "I made someone do something" it means I had them do it rather than doing it myself.

    ~R

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    Re: Could you explain it to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I thought it meant that someone else does something for me at my request, or after my persuasion. Am I right?
    Yes. But my example is in reference to post #1, I made my family disappear. They didn't disappear on their own accord; you did it. Their disappearance is your doing. That meaning of make is different from, say, I made them wash my car. They washed the car, you watched.

    Does that help?

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