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I know it is acceptable to use the verb get when saying you are trying to get yourself to do something or you are trying to make yourself do something

Examples:

  • After much hesitation I finally got myself to enter the dark room.= Even with difficulty the speaker succeeded in convincing himself to enter the room.
  • Despite being extremely lazy as I was, I made myself get up.=The speaker forced himself to get up.

But is it possible to use the verb have in this way too?

Example:

  • I need to have myself standing at the door, when the guests come in.

  • I need to have myself ready for the meeting.

  • I want to have myself see the painting.

All of the last three sentences sound very odd if not utterly wrong to me, so are they?

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You're right. These sentences are extremely awkward, because they are verbose. I think they can be rewritten like this and still convey the same feeling of "getting yourself to do something":

  • I need to be standing in front of the door when the guests come in.

  • I need to be ready for the meeting

  • I want to see the painting.

I'm not sure if the originals are grammatically incorrect or just poorly constructed... Either way I wouldn't use them.

This question is really interesting!! I really hope someone with more expertise can give us a clear explanation.

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