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is it right to say :she had her heart broken ?
I am not a teacher either.
In reported speech, it's quite usual to use the passive form.
You can say
"someone broke her heart" - "she had her heart broken",
"someone has broken her heart" - "she has had her heart broken"
Last edited by Kraken; 20-Jun-2008 at 23:53. Reason: typo
Therefore it doesn't need to come before another past event, as with the first example, and refers to something which happened at an unspecified point in the past.
However, I'm a little bit confused about whether "broken" still acts as a verb or whether it becomes an adjective. Maybe someone could expalin this to me? That is, assuming that I haven't got else everything completely wrong!
many thanks guys for your prompt reply....
I just want to add the fact that I was wrong in claiming the above sentences are passive.
They are in fact causative constructions.
Although the sentences themselves are nonetheless correct, I don't want to spread misinformation (especially in an "ask a teacher " section!).
I credit Soup for helping me correct this.