When you move up to the pre-intermediate stage in your learning there are some tricky bits of grammar that are very useful to learn. One of the main pre-intermediate obstacles is the confusion between ‘you have done it’ and ‘you have got it done/you have had it done’.
Here’s how they work.
We normally use this to express things we have done ourselves.
“My homework? I’ve done it. I did it yesterday but I have forgotten to bring it today.”
Got It Done/Had It Done
‘Got it done’ is more British and ‘had it done’ is more American. These are used to say that you made a request to somebody else to do something for you.
“I got my hair done at Vidal Sassoon and had my nails done at Selfridges.”
Got it done by oneself
Who did it?
Sometimes got it done is used to describe a hard task that you did.
“I got all of my housework done yesterday while the kids were at school.”
It is structured like the ‘got it done’ that indicates third-party involvement but the speaker in the above sentence did it all by his or herself.
A lot of my students confuse things when talking about hair cuts.
“Marc, you cut your hair!”
“No. It only looks like I cut it myself. I got it cut a cheap barber.”
However, the next exchange is definitely correct.
“Marc, you shaved your beard!”
“Yes, that’s right. I got tired of it.”
In the last sentence, I did not ask someone to get tired of my beard, that ‘got’ is the one that means the same as ‘became’.