Have Something Done

Subject + (have/has/had) + object + past participle

To have something done is used when a person does not himself execute an activity, yet its (activity's) result is closely related to that person. To have something done is also called "causative have".

  • I had my car mended. (a mechanic did it for me)
  • He had his room painted. (my father painted it)
  • Patrick has his hair cut every 2 weeks. (a barber does it for him)

It is possible to use get instead of have:

  • I am going to get my hair cut.