Date: Fri, 7 Oct 1994 09:56:10 EDT
From: Bruce Southard ENSOUTHA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ECUVM1.BITNET
Subject: -"had" Constructions
One of my colleagues asked me about the function of "stolen" in the
"She had her purse stolen last night." I analyzed the function as
that of objective complement, but then started thinking about similar
1. I had my house painted last year.
2. The secret police had the politician jailed until last week.
It seems to me that these sentences differ in terms of causality or
"agent" relationships, but I'm unable to pinpoint the reason for the
differences in meaning/relationships. Does anyone have an explanation?
East Carolina University
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