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Is there a difference between "to HAVE one's way" and "to GET one's way"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you


In practical terms, Paolo, these expressions are interchangeable. With "have" the focus is on the result, and with "get" the focus is on achieving the result. No examples would be helpful, because whenever you could use one of these you could alternatively use the other.

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I specialize in grammar. I can however answer any question except homework questions--usually the same day--concerning English grammar, usage, or (non-fiction) writing style, on the basis of the American practice. All answers are explained, and I encourage follow-up.


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