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whats the right answer



miyoko71
Morocco

whats the right answer
 
Michael has the gardener..........................................of everything.
a-take care
b-taking care
c-to take care
d-taken care
 
I think- b- is the right answer.Do you agree with me?

14 Apr 2017      



MoodyMoody
United States

As an American English speaker, a, b, and c all sound fine. D is wrong. There is a slight difference in meaning, though. A: The gardener does everything on a regular basis. B: The gardener is doing everything now. C: The purpose of the gardener is to do everything. D would need to have the auxiliary "have" to turn it into a present perfect: "The gardener has taken care of everything."

14 Apr 2017     



yanogator
United States

I agree with MoodyMoody.
 
A. Michael instructs/has instructed the gardener to take care of everything.
B. The gardener is now taking care of everything, on Michael īs instruction.
C. The gardener īs purpose in being employed by Michael is to take care of everything.
 
So, all three are correct, but with different shades of meaning.
 
Bruce 

14 Apr 2017     



Jayho
Australia

In agreeance with MM and Bruce.  But Miyoko71, you  might be in a spot of bother if only one can be chosen. Was there any other information/context provided in the text?

14 Apr 2017     



kodora
Greece

The right answer is a)take care because the expression to have somebody do something is used to talk about activities performed by a known subject eg I will have Mike repair my car 
There is also  to get somebody to do something which has a similar meaning but it is closer to persuade eg I must get dad to buy me a new computer
You use to have somebody doing something to refer to the result you create and in the negative form to show that you won īt tolerate something eg He had us rolling with laughter, I won īt have you coming back so late at night
Hope it helps
Dora 

15 Apr 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I agree with kodora, for the reasons she states. You have somebody do something, or get somebody to do something. --- That īs if you have to choose only one option. Going through all the options, I also agree that MM īs observations are right. 

15 Apr 2017     



L. habach
Morocco

I agree with Kodora and Cunliffe

15 Apr 2017     



yanogator
United States

Yes, if you have to have one answer, A is probably the intended one.
 
Bruce 

15 Apr 2017     



marzouga
Morocco

yes ,me too,I īd choose letter A as the best answer. 

15 Apr 2017     



miyoko71
Morocco

thx to all of you.in fact we have to choose just one answer.
I see it as the passive voice with -have-.Am I right?
Thanks for your help. 
 

15 Apr 2017     



yanogator
United States

Not passive - causative
 
Bruce 

15 Apr 2017     

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