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Dear Ted:

If the two sentences below are both correct, do they have the same meaning?

1) He HAD his wife killed.

2) He GOT his wife killed.

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

If the two sentences below are both correct, do they have the same meaning?

1) He HAD his wife killed.

2) He GOT his wife killed.

#1 means that he hired someone else to kill his wife.

#2 can also mean the same as #1.  However, #2 can also be used to mean that he inadvertently caused his wife's death, without actually meaning to.

EXAMPLE:  Ultimately, Jack GOT his wife killed, because he challenged her to skydive with him, and when she jumped, her parachute did not open.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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