Faire + L'Infinitif = to have something done (causative)

When you want to say you are having / had / will have [something done] in French, you use the verb faire as follows:

Look at these sentences:

Tu as fait changer tes rideaux.You had your curtains changed.

Nous allons faire refaire notre salon.We are going to have our living room redone.

J'ai fait repeindre ma chambre.I had my bedroom repainted.
 

To express to have [something] [done] in French, you use the following pattern:

faire + [infinitive] + [object]


ATTENTION:
If the thing is being done to or for the person speaking, you use the reflexive form se faire, as such:

se faire + [infinitive] + [object]

(Remember that reflexive verbs use être as auxiliary in compound tenses)

Ils se font couper les cheveux.They're having their hair cut.

Elle se fera rembourser.She will get a refund.
 

Je me suis fait faire les ongles.I had my nails done.

Il s'est fait couper les cheveux.He had his hair cut.
 

 

GRAMMAR JARGON: This structure is called the causative.

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J'ai fait repeindre ma chambre.I had my bedroom repainted.
Elle se fera rembourser.She will get a refund.
Je me suis fait faire les ongles.I had my nails done.
Tu as fait changer tes rideaux.You had your curtains changed.
Il s'est fait couper les cheveux.He had his hair cut.
Ils se font couper les cheveux.They're having their hair cut.
Nous allons faire refaire notre salon.We are going to have our living room redone.
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