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mcurrent
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:48:17 AM

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Hi.
I have text in my book.

"One more thing. Have you had any car trouble lately?"
Mrs. Henderson shook her head. "Nothing out of the ordinary. We just had new tires put on and an oil change. That kind of thing."


Can you explain to me when English people say "We had new tires put on" and when they say "We had put on new tires"?

thanks in advance.
thar
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:01:52 PM

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No, this isn't the past perfect.

It is the idiomatic 'to have something done'.

It means she arranged for someone else to do it.

I paid a garage to put on new tyres.
I had new tyres put on.

I am paying someone to wash my car
I am having my car washed
NancyUK
Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 12:09:56 PM

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mcurrent wrote:
Hi.
I have text in my book.

"One more thing. Have you had any car trouble lately?"
Mrs. Henderson shook her head. "Nothing out of the ordinary. We just had new tires put on and an oil change. That kind of thing."


Can you explain to me when English people say "We had new tires put on" and when they say "We had put on new tires"?

thanks in advance.


Hi mcurrent

In BE we call them tyres.

We had new tires/tyres put on means you caused someone to do this work for you. You went to the tyre fitters and asked them to fit new tyres, or took the car to the garage for a service and asked them to replace the tyres, as well as changing the oil etc.

This is simple past tense, using the verb have to mean the following (from TFD Collins):

have v

13. to cause, compel, or require to (be, do, or be done): have my shoes mended.

We had put on new tyres means that you put on new tyres in the past, before some other occurrence in the past that you are speaking about.

This is past perfect of the verb put.

See an explanation of this here: Past perfect tense

Edit: crossed posts with thar.


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