Talk about things you pay someone to do

How to talk about things you pay someone to do for you

Some things we normally do for ourselves.

For example:

cooking
She is cooking.

Some things we normally get other people to do for us.

haircut picture
He is having his hair cut.

To say that someone else does something for us, we use this kind of sentence:

Subject

Have/get

object

Past participle

I

have

my hair

cut

We

get

our car

fixed

She

has

her house

cleaned

In these sentences, you can say “have” or “get” – the meaning is the same.

If we need to change the tense, we just change “have/get”. Everything else stays the same.

Subject

Have/get

object

Past participle

I

had

my hair

cut

We

are getting

our car

fixed

She

will get

her house

cleaned

Compare the difference:

1280px-Man_using_Flowbee_to_cut_his_hair
He cut his hair.
shave
He had his hair cut.

Video lesson on this topic

Practice exercises

What is happening in each picture?

Is the person doing the action themselves, or is someone doing it for them?

For these examples, use present continuous tense.

Check your answers at the bottom of the page.

eye test
1. He/test
eye test
2. She/test
face paint
3. The lady on the left/paint
face paint
4. The lady in the middle/paint
haircut picture
5. The old guy/cut

Answers:

  1. He is testing her eyes.
  2. She is having her eyes tested.
  3. The lady on the left is painting her face.
  4. The lady in the middle is having her face painted.
  5. The old guy is cutting the young guy’s hair.

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