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AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2019 5:52:24 AM

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Hello!

There is a line in the song "Somebody I used to know" by Gotye:

"Had me believing it was always something that I'd done"

I know the construction "have somebody do smth" which means "to ask/or to make somebody do smth".
Though I don't understand why it's "believing", not "believe". Especially taking into account that "believe" is a stative verb.

Does this construction really exist or is it just used for a better rhyme?

Thank you in advance.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2019 6:37:08 AM
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It's a very common construction: -

"When I worked there they had me thinking I was incompetent."
"I'm not much of a housekeeper myself, but each time I visit her she has me doing all her chores for her."
"Whenever I hear that song it has me jumping to my feet and dancing madly."
"He's had me running out to check the mail every ten minutes."

The usage always calls for "-ing".
AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2019 7:05:00 AM

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Thank you very much, Romany!

Is this construction the same as "have somebody DO smth"? is there any difference?
Romany
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2019 8:42:43 AM
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No.

"Have your boss give me a ring."
"Have the group go over to the next building."
"Can you get the group to move."
"Could you get him to wash his hands before eating, please."
"Have him come over in two days time."
"Get her here at 10am or tell her not to bother."
AlyonaSunlight
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2019 10:45:32 AM

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Thanks a lot!!!!))
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