IELTS Grammar: Using Causatives
12 Nov 2014 admin
We use causatives to give reference to actions that we ask other people to do for us.
have/get + object + past participle
We use this formula to talk about things that other people do for us.
- I will have my car repainted next month.
have somebody + bare infinitive; get somebody + full infinitive
We use this formula to talk about the process of asking somebody to do something for us.
- I will have my mother clean my dirty rotten filthy stinking room.
- I will get Ryan to fix my virus-infected laptop.
Note: Causatives with have are more formal than those with get. In IELTS writing, you are advised to use causatives with have. In speaking, you can use either have or get.
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