Have / Get Something Done – Explanation and Examples (Learn English)

Have / get something done explanation - English phrases

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In this English lesson, we’re going to have a look at the phrase ‘have / get something done’.

I used this phrase in an update on social media – click here to learn English on social media – and in this video I explain what it means, give more examples, and then I have a question for you.

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Have / Get Something Done (English Phrase)

In the example, I said…

“I had my car inspected.”

Where I live, you need to get an inspection every year to ensure that your car isn’t emitting nasty emissions.

To have / get something done means that someone does something for you.

I didn’t do the inspection. The mechanic did. That’s why I used this phrase.

Here are more examples:

  • “I need to get my hair cut soon.”
  • “Shall we have a new security system installed?”
  • “They have their lawn mowed every week.”
  • “My friend had his nose broken playing football.”

The last example shows a slightly different way this can be used. This is when something bad happens to someone.

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  • I have / get my hair cut once a year .

  • Helen

    I’m happy mom)) so I haven’t free time to visit hairdresser and I love me long hair)))
    But I’m not skilled at sewing so my pillowcases got altered last week

    • Great examples! Thank you for sharing, Helen.