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Dear Ted:

If the following two sentences are both correct, do they mean the same thing?

1) I HAD my hair cut last week.

2) I GOT my hair cut last week.

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

1) I HAD my hair cut last week.

2) I GOT my hair cut last week.

*** They mean the same thing.  Using "got" sounds more casual.

EXAMPLES:

Mary HAD/GOT her dog neutered.

We HAD/GOT a terrible storm on Christmas Day.

*** Paolo, the present perfect tense presents a unique combination:  HAVE you GOT any milk?
HAVE you HAD any contagious diseases?

Ted

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