Have something done usage in English Grammar

If you ‘have something done’, you get somebody else to do something for you.

  • I’m going to have my hair cut.
  • She’s having her house redecorated.
  • I’m having a copy of the report sent to you

In informal English, we can replace ‘have’ by ‘get’.

  • We’re getting a new telephone system installed.
  • They will be getting the system repaired as quickly as they can.
  • I got the bill sent direct to the company.

We can also use ‘have/got something done’ in situations where something bad has happened to people or their possessions. This is not something they wanted to happen. 

  • John had all his money stolen from his hotel bedroom.
  • We had our car damaged by a falling tree.
  • I got my nose broken playing rugby.


What does it mean to have something done?

This means that we have somebody do something for us – usually a service by a hairdresser or gardener os similar.

I had my hair cut.
I had the lawn mowed.
I had my car serviced.

Can we say get something done? This is a less formal form

Yes, with exactly the same idea.

I got my hair cut.
I got my lawn mowed.
I got my car serviced

Is this a passive?

Yes it is. We are not interested in the person performing the action, we are interested in the action itself.