Have something done

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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 […]

Should Have

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We can use ‘should have’ to talk about past events that did not happen. I should have let her know what was happening but I forgot. He should have sent everybody a reminder by email. They should have remembered that their guests don’t eat pork. We can also use ‘should have’ to speculate about events […]

Can/Could have

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We can use ‘could have’  to talk about something somebody was capable of doing but didn’t do. I could have gone to Oxford University but I preferred Harvard. She could have married him but she didn’t want to. They could have bought a house here 20 years ago but chose not to. Often, there is […]

Will have done

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We can use ‘will have done’ to talk about what will have been achieved by a certain moment in time. We’ll have been in these offices for eight years next month. She’ll have visited ten countries in twelve days by the time she gets back. I’ll have finished this project by Friday. If we want […]