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hirashin

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Would you help me?

(a) I had my bike stolen.
(b) I got my bike stolen.
(c) I had someone steal my bike.
(d) I got someone to steal my bike.

I'm sure (a) would be sound right. But how about the others? Do they all sound funny?

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d) means that you *asked* someone to steal your bike :). c) can also be interpreted in this way.

I'd say stick to a), or just use the passive to emphasize that it was done without your consent: "My bike got/was stolen".
 

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Yeah I'd make the bike the subject, though I have heard a) and b) on occasion
 

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They can all be interpreted as requesting to have the bike stolen. Use the verb "washed" instead and it is easy to see.
 

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(b) works for me but I think is fairly colloquial.

A similar phrasing, "managed to get~" is sometimes used if you are part putting the blame on the injured party - e.g. for not taking proper precautions against theft.

"He managed to get his bike stolen in the first week of term, and now he expects us to buy him a new one. Does he think money grows on trees?" (mother, referring to child)
 

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Thanks for the interesting comment, Nekojita san.
 

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Thanks for the interesting comment, Nekojita san.
 

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i think b is good..... ( i had my bike stolen sounds like you let your bike stolen--just my opinion---)
 

hirashin

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Thanks for the interesting comment, Nekojita san.
 

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I would just say, "My bike was stolen."

But I could see "I got my bike stolen." as well; if you're indicating that the situation is your fault.
 

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Thanks for the reply, Nulambda.
 
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