Passive voice and causative form

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Dan Speaks, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Dan Speaks Junior Member

    Portuguese
    Hi everybody,

    I have a question about the use of passive voice with causative forms.
    I explain to you.

    I had the hairdresser cut my hair.
    The hairdresser had been cut my hair.

    I got the hairdresser to cut my hair.
    The hairdresser was gotten to cut my hair.

    Are these questions above right? Can you figure my question out?
    Thanks so much.

    Dan
     
  2. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
    Hi. I can tell you which of the above are correct and which wrong, but I must admit I don't really understand your question.
     
  3. sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    Can we put the causative in the passive voice? Is that the question?

    If so, my answer is "No, we can't."

    Active: "I had the hairdresser cut my hair." :tick:
    Passive: *"The hairdresser was had by me cut my hair." :cross: This sentence is unreal.

    Active: "I got the hairdresser to cut my hair." :tick:
    Passive: *"The hairdresser was got by me to cut my hair." :cross: This sentence is also unreal.
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2009

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