Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    vil is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    4,996

    I have my hands done too.

    Dear teachers,

    This morning I read two very simple sentences in a Grammar book, namely:

    “I must also have my hands done.”
    “I must have my hands done too.”

    The topic was replacing “also” by more colloquial “too”.

    However I wandered from the subject. My attention was focused on the literal sense of the both. At first I was puzzled over the meaning in my natural language but subsequently I remember a few examples of sentences with similar configuration.

    have something done

    I must have my hair washed, moisturized and blow-dried properly.
    Every time I have my hair pulled back in a ponytail style.

    So I think I might to extend the boundaries of the original sentence.

    “I let my nails grow so I must have my hands done.”

    Would you tell your thoughts on the matter?

    From the second hand I know that only a scarcely perceptible difference in the word’s configuration might work a fundamental change of the meaning.

    For example I remember the following words from the Bible:

    “Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul.”

    How odd!!!

    Regards.

    V.

  2. #2
    Soup's Avatar
    Soup is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,853

    Re: I have my hands done too.

    [1] I must have my hands done.
    => have someone do my hands for me, whatever 'do' means I don't know. Could mean, massage, could mean plastic surgery, but whatever it means it's definitely causitive in structure.


    [2]“Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul.”
    => "my hands" is the subject in this case. The person's hands have committed some act. This meaning is different from [1].

  3. #3
    susiedqq is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    2,931

    Re: I have my hands done too.

    When someone gets a manicure, they use the phrase, "getting my hands done."


  4. #4
    Soup's Avatar
    Soup is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,853

    Re: I have my hands done too.

    They do? Must be a USA thing. Get my nails done, right?

  5. #5
    susiedqq is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    2,931

    Re: I have my hands done too.

    Yes - we say

    I must get my hair done before I go to the dance.

    I must get my feet and nails done before I go out.

  6. #6
    vil is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    4,996

    Re: I have my hands done too.

    Dear Soup and susiedqq,

    Thank you very much for your explanatory notes. They gave me a leg up. This was some help.

    I hope you can well understand why have I move that question be put to debate. The original sentence was very inconclusive and obscure for me.

    Thank you again for your backing.

    Regards.

    V.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •