Causative Have – Structure

The causative is formed with “have + object + past participle” and has the meaning of a passive statement.

• I had my hair cut too short.
have in the Past Simple + my hair (object) + cut in the past participle form

• I don’t have my spendings controlled.
have in the Present Simple negative + my spendings (object) + control in the past

Did you have your account hacked?
have in the Past Simple interrogative + your account (object) + hack in the past participle


To sound more informal, you may use “get” instead of “have”.
• She‘s getting her kitchen painted blue.