Imagine that you are organising a big office party. What do you need to get done / have done?
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Keti, Georgia In order the party to be really enjoyable and fascinating, the first thing I would do is to have the rooms duly cleaned and decorated. Secondly, will have the beverages delivered and put in the fridge to get cold! Finally, will have the karaoke installed to have even more fun.
Thanks for your comment, Keti! You've used some very nice past participles here - 'cleaned', 'decorated', 'delivered', 'put', and 'installed'.
However, you need to check that every clause has a subject. This sentence is missing a subject: 'Secondly, will have the beverages delivered and put in the fridge...' - It should read: 'Secondly, I will have the beverages delivered and put in the fridge...'. Similarly, the sentence: 'Finally, will have the karaoke installed...' should read: 'Finally, I will have the karaoke installed...'
Enjoy the party, Keti!
Kamelia, Bulgaria It must be really a sumptious party. I am going to have all the rooms cleaned up. I am going to have the shopping done. I will have all the drinks and food prepared when the guests arrive. Finally I will have my fashion clothes put on!
You are making very thorough preparations, Kamelia! I do like your vocabulary - 'sumptious' (meaning magnificent, luxurious and expensive) - although the correct spelling is sumptuous ;-)
You have used the target language very nicely, Kamelia. Let's think about this sentence: ...I will have my fashion clothes put on! Don't forget that we use this structure to talk about things that we arrange for other people will do for us. So, unless you ask somebody else to put your clothes on for you, you should say: 'I will put my fashionable clothes on!'
Thanks again, Kamelia!
Lynette, Venezuela I will have my office cleaned up. I'll have the walls painted and then decorated. Now 'furniture' have to be moved out in order to have free space to dance. The music will be played by DJ Marc. Food must be bringed in by assistants.
You are making very thorough preparations, Lynette!
I'd like to look again at a couple of things you wrote. First, you said: 'Furniture have to be moved out...'. Now. 'furniture' is uncountable, so this sentence should read 'Furniture has to be moved out... '.
You also wrote: 'Food must be bringed in by assistants. In fact, the past participle of 'bring' is 'brought' so you need to say 'Food must be brought in by assistants.
Keep logging on to Grammar Challenge, Lynette!
Magaji, Nigeria Since I have enough money, I think I'll have the whole office painted. I'll get the carpet cleaned up. As we'll expect many guests I'll need to get a lot of food and drinks delivered. I am going to have the place well arranged!!
Since money is no object, I'm sure it will be a splendid party, Magaji!
I really like the way you have used a variety of language to make your writing interesting. For example, you have used both 'going to' and 'will' to talk about the future, and you have used both 'have something done' and 'get something done' to talk about the preparations for the party.
Well done, Magaji!
Julia, Russia I am going to have my office cleaned up. I'll have the walls decorated and fridge stuffed with snacks. We'll get food delivered to 5 p.m. and everything should be done in time. There are several dirty spots on the floor, so make sure to have them wiped.
Thanks for your comment Julia - I think you will be very well prepared!
I would like to suggest a couple of corrections (although your grammar is very good on the whole).
First, you need to change the preposition in this sentence: 'We'll get food delivered to 5 p.m.' 'At' or 'by' would probably be better than 'to'.
This next sentence could probably benefit from a subject in the second clause: 'There are several dirty spots on the floor, so make sure to have them wiped.' - It sounds a little bit like an order or command, and looking at the rest of your comment, I think it might work better if you said 'There are several dirty spots on the floor, so I will be sure to have them wiped.'