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1 I was given ... (a)

Zedco managers are writing a report saying how well the company looks after its employees.

Write sentences from the notes. Put the important underlined information at the end of the sentence.

  • useful work skills / they are taught to our staff Our staff arc taught useful work skills.

  • people with initiative / they are given opportunities Opportunities are given to people with initiative.

  1. special training / it is given to new employees

  2. staff who perform well / they are given extra payments

  3. company shares / they are offered to most employees

  4. six weeks' holiday / this is allowed to all Zedco staff

  5. women who leave to have children / they are paid a full salary

2 It is said that... (b)

Report these rumours. Instead of the active (e.g. People say ...) use the passive (e.g. It is said that...). ► People say this.

The quiz champion It is said that the quiz champion Claude jenniiKS has

Claude Jennings has lost lost his memory.

his memory.

Everyone expects this.

The soap opera 'Round the Corner' will end next year.

It is

2 Journalists suppose so.

The footballer Wayne

Johnson is earning £1o

million a year.

3 Lots of people believe this.

The Prime Minister

and his wife have


3 He is said to... (c)

Now report the rumours in Exercise 2 like this.

The quiz champion Claude Jennings is said to have lost his memory.

1 The soap opera 'Round the Corner'

58 Have something done

A Introduction

Compare these situations.

Claire decorated the room. (She did the work herself.)

Claire had the room decorated. (A decorator did the work.)

We can use have in a passive structure. Claire had the room decorated means that she arranged for a decorator to do it for her as a professional service.

B Form

Look at these examples




You should


your car



Mark usually


his suits


at Superclean



the television


only last year,



your hair


Our neighbours are


a new garage


Is Melanie


a new cooker


Note that we can use the perfect or the continuous (have had, are having).

In negatives and questions in simple tenses, we use a form of do. Mark doesn't have his suits cleaned at Fastclean. We didn't have new windows put in because it was too expensive. Do you have your car serviced regularly? Where did you have your hair cut?

C Get something done

We can also use get something done.

We must have another key made. OR We must get another key made. The sentences have the same meaning, but get is more informal than have.

Here are some more examples with get.

Laura got her shoes repaired. We're getting the carpet cleaned.

Where did you get your hair cut? Do you get your heating checked every year?

D Have meaning 'experience'

We can use have in this structure with the meaning 'experience something', often something unpleasant. We had all our money stolen. The car had its mirror pulled off.

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