have/get someone/something doing

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stephenlearner

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Chinese
Hi,

Is it correct to say "have/get someone/something doing"? For instance:
A: Are you free this afternoon?
B: No, I'll have/get a friend visiting me this afternoon.


A: Are you in trouble? Has your computer stopped working? Do you need help?
B: Fine. I'll have/get my father helping me. He is an expert at this.

Thank you.
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    No, I have a friend visiting me this afternoon. :tick: You can also say "I've got a friend..."

    I'll have my father help me / I'll get my father to help me. :tick:
     

    Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    I'll have/get a friend visiting me this afternoon.
    I have a friend visiting this afternoon.
    You need "have", and you wouldn't normally say "I'll" or "I will" but just "I", unless you specifically want to say you're going to get a friend to visit you.

    I used "get" to explain what I mean but it wouldn't actually be used. As I said, it'd be "have".

    Edit: You could say "I've got a friend visiting..." as the post above says (not "get").

    I'll have/get my father helping me.
    I'll have my father help me.
    I'll get my father to help me.

    Cross-posted.
     

    Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    It means "I'm in a situation where a friend's visiting me", to put it a little long-windedly.

    You could think of it as " I have a friend who's visiting me", though that changes the emphasis a little.
     
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