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.