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  1. #1 to have something p.p. 
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    I wonder what kind of structure is "
    a need for him to have the walls painted"?

    This means that there is a need for him to have the walls painted no later than tomorrow.





    Would you please explain it with some examples?


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    He needs to have the walls painted no later than tomorrow ... to ensure they're dry before the expected wet weather.

    He needs to have the walls painted no later than tomorrow ... because the kitchen installers need the walls to be finished before they start work.
    He needs to have the walls painted no later than tomorrow ... to allow the carpet layers space to work.

    He needs to have the walls painted no later than tomorrow ... because he needs to get the kids' furniture back in their bedrooms before the weekend.


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    So, is the following as a passive?to have the walls painted no later than tomorrow. Would you please explain it with some examples?
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    It's certainly passive. To restate in active form it would be something like ...

    He asked the painter to finish painting the walls no later than tomorrow ... because he expected visitors to arrive the day after that.

    The painters will finish painting the walls no later than tomorrow ... so they can start their next job on time.
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    Another way of looking at it is the phrase "to have the walls painted" is a noun phrase. It's the object of the verb "need".

    He needs water.
    He needs to write a letter.
    He needs to have the walls painted by Friday.
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