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    #1

    have+O+~ing

    Hello, everyone!

    I have a question as to the usage of 'have+O+~ing'.
    Please look at these sentences below.

    a.You must have the dentist pulling your bad tooth.
    b.You must have the dentist pull your bad tooth.

    I think b. is OK.
    I somehow find a. odd...However...I can't see any grammatical errors there.

    Could you give me some advice on it?
    Thank you in advance!


    <additional question>

    'He's been in Japan since ten years ago.'
    Do you think 'since ten years ago' is acceptable?

    Thank you!


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    Re: have+O+~ing

    Hi tzfujimino,

    Your 1st example sentence comes in the form of advice. The speaker is advising someone to have something done. This is a causative construction and in this instance requires the infinitive form of the verb.

    eg. Have Richard take you home. He has a car.



    Your 2nd example sentence should read:

    He's been in Japan for ten years

    or

    He moved to Japan ten years ago


    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: have+O+~ing

    Hi, colloquium!
    Thank you, as always!

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    Re: have+O+~ing

    Hi, Tzfujimino.

    I saw the expression 'since ... ago' some times, but I found the following information in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (the entry is ago):
    WORD CHOICE: ago, before, previously
    ...
    !! Do not use a preposition ('at', 'in', 'on' etc) before a phrase with ago : They first met fifteen years ago (NOT at/in fifteen years ago).
    !! Do not use 'since' or 'before' with ago : I came to the USA two months ago (NOT since/before two months ago).
    ...
    Hope this help.

    Regards.

    Enydia

    P.S. Of course, I'm not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: have+O+~ing

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, everyone!

    I have a question as to the usage of 'have+O+~ing'.
    Please look at these sentences below.

    a.You must have the dentist pulling your bad tooth.
    b.You must have the dentist pull your bad tooth.

    I think b. is OK.
    I somehow find a. odd...However...I can't see any grammatical errors there.
    There are no grammatical errors but, in this specific example of pulling one tooth, a. does sound quite odd and I don't think (many) native speakers would say a.
    But if you take an example of something of a continuing nature, it would sound much better and be quite acceptable.
    You must have your students studying harder.

    Could you give me some advice on it?
    Thank you in advance!


    <additional question>

    'He's been in Japan since ten years ago.'
    Do you think 'since ten years ago' is acceptable?

    Thank you!
    2006

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    #6

    Re: have+O+~ing

    Thank you for your kindness, enydia and 2006!

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