Have something done

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Have something done is an English lexical-grammatical structure. e.g:

  • "I have my flat cleaned once a week."

It's similar in meaning to have someone do something - but uses the passive voice instead of the active voice.

This uses the passive voice; past participle. As it is in the a passive voice, the subject of the sentence is not the agent. The implication is that subject of the sentence doesn't do the task, but arranges for someone else to do it. The agent may be specified by using a prepositional phrase with "by", e.g. "I have my flat cleaned once a week by my cleaner". Note we can't say #"I have my flat cleaned once a week by me/myself."

"Have" in most cases can be replaced with "get" (see get something done) - this informalises the register.