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Understanding Grammar: Getting Something Done

Understanding Grammar: Getting Something Done

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Jack discovers that Rich is really lazy and that he will always try to get other people to do things for him rather than do the thing himself. The language focus is on the causative form which is the structure we use when we talk about something that someone else did for us (get/have something done). Your task is to tell us about a few things that you have done because you can't (or won't) do them yourself. Don't forget to listen until the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.

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Understanding Grammar: Getting something done

Introduction

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rich: and I’m Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast

Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.

Rich: We recommend that you listen to this podcast on the Premier Skills English website because that is where we have the transcript, language examples, activities, quizzes and a discussion page to help you understand everything we talk about.

Jack: However, if you’re listening on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, you can leave answers to our questions in the review section. We do read all the reviews and would love to hear from you. 

Rich: This week’s podcast focuses on grammar and you’re going to learn how to speak about things we arrange for other people to do for us.

Jack: I had my hair done yesterday.

Rich: Oh yes, very nice. It looks the same as before.

Jack: I’m not talking about my hair, I’m talking about the sentence. I had my hair done.

Rich: Ah, yes. Exactly. In this sentence, someone did or cut Jack’s hair. He didn’t do it himself. He got someone else to do it for him.

Jack: We’re going to look at sentences like this and others in this week’s podcast. We’re also going to find out how lazy Rich really is in a series of little dialogues. The answer won’t be a surprise: he’s very lazy.

Rich: I’m not lazy; just busy. Anyway, more of that later, first, we need to look at last week’s football phrase.

Last week’s Football Phrase

Jack: Last week’s football phrase. If you didn’t hear it last week we’re going to give you one more chance to guess now. We’ll give you the correct answer at the end of the show when we give you a new football phrase.

Rich: Last week, I gave you a football phrase that was quite difficult and we didn’t get that many right answers.

Jack: But a big well done to Luibomyr from Ukraine who has a 99.99% record with our football phrases, Lakerwang from China and Elghoul from Algeria who did get the right answer.

Rich: And thanks to wsanta from Argentina, Elghoul from Algeria and Bakursait from Saudi Arabia who completed last week’s task in the comments section. All three of them have invited all of you to different events in their countries.

Jack: Let them know in the comments section on the website if you can accept their invitations or not and use some of the language you learned in the last podcast.

Rich: Back to last week’s football phrase. Let’s hear it one more time. Do you know what the missing phrase is?

Jack: The phrase is to be ****** ** ** ***'* ****. This phrase is used to describe a goalkeeper who has come to collect the ball from a cross or a long pass and gets nowhere near the ball. An attacker can easily put the ball in the net either through chipping it over the goalkeeper or heading the cross into the net. The goalkeeper always has a decision to make: to stay on the line or come out for the ball, if a keeper decides to come for the ball they have to be decisive and not get ****** ** ** ***'* ****.

Rich: It was difficult, wasn’t it. We’ll give you the answer at the end of the show and we’ll have a new football phrase for you to guess. 

Introduction to roleplay

Jack: This week, you’re going to hear five mini-roleplays or dialogues. In each roleplay, you’ll hear Rich talking about things that he needs to do in his house, free-time, and life in general.

Rich: While you are listening to each roleplay, we have a little task for you to do.

Jack: Who is going to do the action in each roleplay: Rich or someone else?

Roleplay

Jack: Roleplay 1 - Who is going to cut Rich’s hair?

Jack: Like I was saying, in interviews, it’s not always about what you say but how you say it.

Rich: You’re right. It’s important to be confident and say things like I mean them. Any other tips?

Jack: Mmm … not sure how to say this but you should probably do something with your hair. I don’t think dyed red hair is very professional. 

Rich: Really, but it’s Liverpool red! Alright, I’ll get it cut this afternoon. Short back and sides, it’ll look really smart and brown.

Jack: Roleplay 2 - Who is going to fix Rich’s car?

Jack: We have to get the bus? Why do we have to get the bus?

Rich: I’ve got a flat tyre. I’ll have the mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. He hasn’t got time today.

Jack: A flat tyre? A mechanic? You don’t need to have a flat tyre fixed by a mechanic.

Rich: I do. I haven’t got a clue. I could get him to wash the windscreen at the same time - there hasn’t been any water in the spray thingy for years.

Jack: Oh Rich! You’re just lazy. Listen, I’ll get the bus to yours and we’ll do it together.

Rich: OK ... I’ll put the kettle on.

Jack: Roleplay 3 - Who is going to paint Rich’s house?

Jack: This room could do with a lick of paint, Rich.

Rich: Yeah, I know. I just haven’t got time to do it.

Jack: You could do it while you’re watching the match on Sunday afternoon.

Rich: I could but that’s my time. You’re right though, I need to get the whole house painted not just in here. Do you know anyone?

Jack: Yeah, probably. I’ll send you a number of the painter who did my grandma’s house.

Jack: Roleplay 4 - Who is going to mark the essays? 

Jack: Are you ever going to get those essays marked?

Rich: What essays?

Jack: The ones that your 30 students gave you two weeks ago.

Rich: Nah! I’m going to get the students to mark each other’s. 

Jack: That is so lazy.

Rich: No, it’s not. It’s efficient.

Jack: Roleplay 5 - Who is going to cut down the tree?

Jack: Rich! That tree in your driveway is really dangerous. It looks like it’s about to fall down.

Rich: Is it? It must have been damaged a bit in the winds last week.

Jack: It’s been like that for months. Damaged a bit? Come and have a look.

Rich: Oh yeah, it could hurt someone that, or damage my car. And I’ve just had it washed! I got the kids to do it.

Jack: Well, the kids can’t do the tree. Have you got a saw?

Rich: Oh yes... I’ll just go and grab it from my workshop. Look at me, Jack. Do I look like the sort of person who owns a saw?

Jack: Well, call a tree surgeon and have the tree chopped down safely.

Rich: I suppose I could call them tomorrow.

[crashing noise followed by car alarm]

Jack: I don’t think you need to bother. It’s just fallen on your car.

Rich: Oh sh ...

Language Focus: Answers

Jack: At the beginning of each roleplay, we asked you a question. Did you get the answers? Let’s have a look, so who is going to cut Rich’s hair? 

Rich: The hairdresser.

Jack: Who is going to fix Rich’s car?

Rich: I wanted the mechanic to do it but you said we’d do it together so probably just you.

Jack: Who is going to paint Rich’s house?

Rich: You’ve got a contact for me. Great.

Jack:  Who is going to mark your essays? 

Rich: Err … that would be my students.

Jack: And who is going to cut down the tree in your garden?

Rich: Well, it came down on its own, didn’t it.

Jack: Serves you right for being so lazy!

Language Focus

Rich: Now we want to focus on some of the language we used in the dialogues. In the roleplays, we used phrases like ‘I’ll get my hair cut this afternoon’ and ‘I need to have the whole house painted’.

Jack: We use these types of structures ‘get my hair cut’ and ‘have the house painted’ when we are talking about arranging for something to be done by someone else.

Rich: I don’t cut my own hair and I’m too lazy to paint my own house.

Jack: These sentences are similar to passive sentences and have a passive meaning but unlike passive structures, they don’t use the verb ‘to be’. They use the verbs ‘get’ and ‘have’.

Rich: We can either have something done or get something done. Get is more informal than have and used more often when we are speaking. To create these sentences we use have or get plus the object plus the past participle.

Jack: We get our hair cut or we have our house painted.

Rich: So we use a phrase that’s similar to a passive. But we don’t usually say ‘My hair was cut’ or ‘my hair was cut by the hairdresser’. My hair shouldn’t be the subject of the sentence, I should be the subject because it’s me or rather my hair that the action is happening to. I’m important.

Jack: So we say: ‘I had my house painted’ or ‘I’m getting my house painted’.

… 

Jack: There are two similar structures we used in the roleplays that you can also use to talk about arranging someone to do something for you.

Rich: In the roleplays, we used sentences like 'I’ll have the mechanic take a look at it tomorrow' and ‘I’m going to get the students to mark each other’s essays’.

Jack: These sentences are very similar to what we’ve just been talking about but this time we talk about who does the action.

Rich: We could say ‘I had my car looked at’ which is what we were looking at before but here we say ‘I had the mechanic look at my car’.

Jack: We have someone do something. We use have + person + infinitive.

Rich: We use get in a similar way but with get we use to. We get someone to do something. We use get + person + to + infinitive.

Jack: Before we were looking at sentences like ‘I got the car washed’ but here we are emphasizing who did the washing and we say ‘I got the kids to wash my car’.

Rich: We’ve got more examples and activities on the website so you can practise the language we’ve been looking at in this podcast.

Task

Jack: Your task this week is to tell us a few things that you have had done to your house, garden, something you own like a car or even your own body.

Rich: You might have had some building work done in your house or changes made to your garden.

Jack: You might have had lots of changes made to a car, bike or computer you own.

Rich: You might have got a new haircut recently, do you get your shopping delivered, do you ever get your photos printed? Tell us about the experience.

Jack: Tell us about three things you have arranged to have done for you. Who do you get to look at your car or bike, house or garden or computer when something needs fixing?

Rich: Write all your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website. You’ll find the page for this podcast on the homepage or under skills>listen>podcasts>understanding grammar: having something done.

Football Phrase

Jack: OK, it’s time for this week’s football phrase.

Rich: Can you make it a bit easier this week? I think it was a bit too difficult last week.

Jack: Of course, you’re not the only one who can be lazy sometimes! This week’s football phrase is **** ****. This phrase is the idea of following the rules and respecting the opposition. Nobody should cheat or try to trick the referee. It’s the referee’s job to ensure **** **** on the pitch.

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. If you get it right, we’ll announce your name on next week’s show. 

Jack: Before we forget, if you’re still thinking about last week’s difficult football phrase - the answer was to be caught in no man’s land.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases connected to fear. Do you know the words in bold?

I don’t think dyed red hair is very professional.

You don’t need to have a flat tyre fixed by a mechanic.

This room could do with a lick of paint, Rich.

No, it’s not being lazy. It’s being efficient.

That tree in your driveway is really dangerous.

Do I look like the sort of person who owns a saw?

There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Do you know what they all mean? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words.

Activity 1

Activity 1: In this activity, try to match the words and phrases to their definitions.
Can you choose the correct definition?

Rich won't change a flat tyre. He always gets someone else to do it for him!

Grammar

The Causative (have/get something done)

In the podcast, you heard five dialogues. In the dialogues, Rich spoke about things that other people were doing for him. We use a specific structure to do this. It's called the causative but more often we talk about the structure have or get something done.

Here are some examples from the podcast:

Alright, I’ll get it cut this afternoon. Short back and sides, it’ll look really smart and brown.

You don’t need to have a flat tyre fixed by a mechanic.

 I need to get the whole house painted not just in here.

Oh yeah, it could hurt someone that, or damage my car. And I’ve just had it washed!

Rich should have had the tree cut down before it fell down!

Grammar

Form

have/get + object + past participle

The causative can be used in any tense or verb form. The only part of the structure that changes is the verb to have (or get):

I've just had it washed.

You don't need to have a flat tyre fixed.

Ae you getting those photos printed soon?

I got my nails done yesterday.

Manchester CIty's David Silva has had his hair cut since this photo was taken.

Grammar

Other Structures

We didn't only use the causative in the dialogues to talk about getting other people to do something for you. Look at these examples from the podcast:

I’ll have the mechanic take a look at it tomorrow.

I could get him to wash the windscreen at the same time.

I’m going to get the students to mark each other’s essays.

I’ve just had the car washed! I got the kids to do it.

In these examples, we focus more on the person who did the action for you. There are two structures to look at here:

  • We can have someone do something for us. We use have + the person + the infinitive.
  • We can get someone to do something for us. We use get + the person + to + the infinitive.

Read the four example sentences from the podcast and check that you understand this structure.

Now in this activity, take a look at the sentences and decide which word to use in each gap.

Activity 2

Activity 2: In this activity check you understand the grammar we've been speaking bout in this podcast.
Can you choose the correct word for each gap?

Tottenham have had a lot of work done on their new stadium.

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Task

What have you had done?

Have you had any work done in your house or do you do it yourself?

Your task this week is to tell us a few things that you have had done to your house, garden, something you own like a car or even your own body. 

Here some questions to help you:

  • Have you had some building work done in your house or changes made to your garden?
  • Have you ever had some work done to a car, bike or computer you own?
  • Have you had your hair cut recently? Do you get your shopping delivered? Do you ever get your photos printed? 
  • Tell us about three things you have arranged to have done for you. 

Try to use the causative form in your answers (have/get + object + past participle) or the other forms we looked at in the podcast: (have + person + infinitive) or (get + person + to + infinitive).

Write all your answers in the comments section below and don't forget to make a guess at this week's football phrase!

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Thenext75's picture
Thenext75
13/11/2019
IT
158
points

Football phrase is **** ****


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Thenext75
13/11/2019 18:37
Italy
Chelsea
158

Football phrase is **** ****

ORIOLPLANELLA
12/11/2019
ES
92
points

This month I get my hause painted. My inside walls are dirty because I didn't painting my flat since 2000.
The result are relly good but the painter didn't clean anythink and the next wek I will have my flat cleaned,


ORIOLPLANELLA
12/11/2019 09:21
Spain
Manchester City
92

This month I get my hause painted. My inside walls are dirty because I didn't painting my flat since 2000.
The result are relly good but the painter didn't clean anythink and the next wek I will have my flat cleaned,

milos
12/11/2019
RS
2519
points

Yesterday I have my bike repaired.The brake system didn't work.
I had some troubles with my car.I'm going to get mechanic to fix that.


milos
12/11/2019 07:34
Serbia
Manchester United
2519

Yesterday I have my bike repaired.The brake system didn't work.
I had some troubles with my car.I'm going to get mechanic to fix that.

wsanta's picture
wsanta
11/11/2019
AR
3756
points

The football phrase could be **** ****


wsanta's picture
wsanta
11/11/2019 20:11
Argentina
Liverpool
3756

The football phrase could be **** ****

raphaelsantos
11/11/2019
PT
7
points

I had my dog washed yesterday.
I got the virus on my pc last week. Today I'll have it fixed.

My car is broken and I don't know why. I'll get my car fixed tomorrow afternoon.


raphaelsantos
11/11/2019 14:12
Portugal
Manchester United
7

I had my dog washed yesterday.
I got the virus on my pc last week. Today I'll have it fixed.

My car is broken and I don't know why. I'll get my car fixed tomorrow afternoon.

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
10/11/2019
ZW
1587
points

Task: What have you done?

1. The other day we had a leaking tap at home. Water was everywhere! Neither my father nor I could fix it. We had the plumber fixed it.

2. Our WiFi device developed some problems. Someone, I guess, had played around with the settings. We could not connect to the internet. So got our WiFi internet settings sorted out by a technician.

3. I am having my Windows 10 installed next Friday. FIFA 19 is slowing and dragging on Windows 7. I can't stomach it anymore. I need to upgrade the OS. I'll get the technician to come and install the new OS.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
10/11/2019 07:15
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1587

Task: What have you done?

1. The other day we had a leaking tap at home. Water was everywhere! Neither my father nor I could fix it. We had the plumber fixed it.

2. Our WiFi device developed some problems. Someone, I guess, had played around with the settings. We could not connect to the internet. So got our WiFi internet settings sorted out by a technician.

3. I am having my Windows 10 installed next Friday. FIFA 19 is slowing and dragging on Windows 7. I can't stomach it anymore. I need to upgrade the OS. I'll get the technician to come and install the new OS.

bakursait
09/11/2019
SA
6
points

Last week I had my car struck when I was in Tampa for a vacation. Yesterday, I got the repair shop to fix the scratches on my vehicle. Unfortunately, it cost me a lot.


bakursait
09/11/2019 21:15
Saudi Arabia
Manchester United
6

Last week I had my car struck when I was in Tampa for a vacation. Yesterday, I got the repair shop to fix the scratches on my vehicle. Unfortunately, it cost me a lot.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
08/11/2019
UA
3719
points

The phrase this time is **** ****.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
08/11/2019 20:44
Ukraine
Liverpool
3719

The phrase this time is **** ****.

Ahmed Abdallah
08/11/2019
EG
8
points

This week's phrase is **** ****.


Ahmed Abdallah
08/11/2019 17:38
Egypt
Chelsea
8

This week's phrase is **** ****.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
08/11/2019
DZ
3341
points

I have had my windows painted.

Last week I have had my computer reset with the new Windows version.

Lately I have had pizzas delivered while we were watching Real Madrid on tv.

Yesterday my wife asked our neighbor's nurse to look after our little daughter because we were off to Algiers the all day.

We had our son buy bread before he went to school.

We got the phone fixed before night.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
08/11/2019 16:56
Algeria
Manchester City
3341

I have had my windows painted.

Last week I have had my computer reset with the new Windows version.

Lately I have had pizzas delivered while we were watching Real Madrid on tv.

Yesterday my wife asked our neighbor's nurse to look after our little daughter because we were off to Algiers the all day.

We had our son buy bread before he went to school.

We got the phone fixed before night.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
08/11/2019
DZ
3341
points

I think the phrase is '**** ****'


elghoul's picture
elghoul
08/11/2019 16:36
Algeria
Manchester City
3341

I think the phrase is '**** ****'

wsanta's picture
wsanta
08/11/2019
AR
3756
points

I have electrician, blacksmith, carpentry and brickwork jobs done in my house but recently I have a bricklayer hired to change the floors, how he doesn't have time, he can only work me once a week, I think he will pass Christmas and New Year with us.
I have the car taken to the mechanic to change the hydraulic pump, it was broken.
I’m going to get someone to repair a gas pipe.
I love working in my garden, I am a Monty Don's fan, I have plants grown that I use to sweeten my mate (it's an infusion) although I usually drink it bitter.
I need to get the whole house painted. Do you fancy doing it for me?, sorry this was the last week topic.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
08/11/2019 15:22
Argentina
Liverpool
3756

I have electrician, blacksmith, carpentry and brickwork jobs done in my house but recently I have a bricklayer hired to change the floors, how he doesn't have time, he can only work me once a week, I think he will pass Christmas and New Year with us.
I have the car taken to the mechanic to change the hydraulic pump, it was broken.
I’m going to get someone to repair a gas pipe.
I love working in my garden, I am a Monty Don's fan, I have plants grown that I use to sweeten my mate (it's an infusion) although I usually drink it bitter.
I need to get the whole house painted. Do you fancy doing it for me?, sorry this was the last week topic.

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
08/11/2019
UA
3656
points

I think that the phrase is a '**** ****'


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
08/11/2019 14:21
Ukraine
Watford
3656

I think that the phrase is a '**** ****'

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
08/11/2019
ZW
1587
points

Football Phrase

The answer is **** ****.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
08/11/2019 07:03
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1587

Football Phrase

The answer is **** ****.

Rich's picture
Rich
08/11/2019
ES
444
points

Well done, Idzingirai. You're the first to get it right this week!


Rich's picture
Rich
08/11/2019 09:36
Spain
Liverpool
444

Well done, Idzingirai. You're the first to get it right this week!

Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
07/11/2019
DZ
321
points

Foot ball phrase: to get rules respected


Khaldoun83's picture
Khaldoun83
07/11/2019 16:48
Algeria
Liverpool
321

Foot ball phrase: to get rules respected

lakerwang
08/11/2019
CN
292
points

Right before a match is about to start, both sides of players and the referee go onto the pitch with a largh yellow banner. What phrase you will see is on the banner?


lakerwang
08/11/2019 16:32
China
Chelsea
292

Right before a match is about to start, both sides of players and the referee go onto the pitch with a largh yellow banner. What phrase you will see is on the banner?

wsanta's picture
wsanta
12/11/2019
AR
3756
points

Nice clue, thanks Lakerwang


wsanta's picture
wsanta
12/11/2019 12:00
Argentina
Liverpool
3756

Nice clue, thanks Lakerwang

Rich's picture
Rich
07/11/2019
ES
444
points

Good guess, Khaldoun83 and you have the right idea but it's not the phrase we are looking for. Do you want to have another guess?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
07/11/2019 19:26
Spain
Liverpool
444

Good guess, Khaldoun83 and you have the right idea but it's not the phrase we are looking for. Do you want to have another guess?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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1kwesimanifest4731
2wsanta3756
3Alex_from_Ukraine3719
4assemjuve3705
5Liubomyr3656
6aragorn19863557
7elghoul3341
8haydi3189
9Ahmed Adam Mamado2869
10milos2519
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1Colombia69660
2Ukraine29175
3Serbia26801
4Albania20448
5Spain19847
6Macedonia19058
7Bosnia and Herzegovina16248
8Armenia13611
9Vietnam13212
10Kosovo13125
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United123208
2Liverpool81798
3Chelsea71023
4Arsenal68341
5Manchester City40051
6Leicester City10967
7Tottenham Hotspur8383
8Newcastle United7444
9West Ham United4639
10Watford4337

Level

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Language: The Causative

Language: Getting someone to do something for you

Task: What do you get other people to do for you?