|'to do' and 'to have done'|
Two questions about the causitive
Juan Manuel Flores Garcia Rojas from Mexico asks:
Can you explain to me about causative sentences because I have difficulty in understanding them.
Shariq Khan from Pakistan asks:
I want to ask if I can use the causative in the past perfect tense. Is this a correct sentence: ‘Had you had your car repaired??/font>
use the 'have something done' construction when we want to indicate
that we have arranged for other people to do something for us. Compare
the following sentences:
Take care with the formation of the causative. The past participle always comes after the object, thus:
have + object + past participle
at these examples:
As you can see from the above illustrations, Sharik, the causative can be used with a wide variety of different tenses and constructions, e.g. past simple, present perfect, present simple, future reference, 'like/dislike/love/hate' + -ing and so on.
However, I don't think it would be used so often with the past perfect,
although the example given below sounds quite natural: