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    have, get + verb

    What's the best Russian construction to use for English sentences like these, where you achieve something through the agency of someone else (sometimes unnamed)

    I managed to have my car fixed.

    I was able to have the necessary changes made in the text.

    I managed to get pictures put back on exhibit.

    I was thinking of using something like Я достиг того, что...

    Thanks

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    Perhaps you could use мне удалось or получилось or суметь?

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    If I were to translate those three sentences I would use удалось in each of them (exept for the second perhaps I would just make it Я сделал необходимые изменения/исправления.....)
    "Легче, чем пух, камень плиты.
    Брось на нее цветы."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paxan
    If I were to translate those three sentences I would use удалось in each of them (exept for the second perhaps I would just make it Я сделал необходимые изменения/исправления.....)
    but the point is that you didn't make the changes yourself, but got someone else to do it. How would you use удалось in that case?

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    Oh...well if it's someone else and if it concerns all three sentences then I don't think удалось is needed at all...
    I would make it this way:

    Мне починили машину
    Мне исправили мои ошибки в тексте / сделали исправления в тексте
    Мне удалось вернуть картины на показ/Я добился того,что картины вернули на показ

    I think it all depends on how active you are....if you managed to have your car fixed just asking a mechanic to do it then удалось is not needed...however if you did something extraordinary or just put a lot (or at least some) effort to make anything happen then удалось is pretty ok....that's what I think(добиваться is a synonym...a bit stronger though...it means you really kicked some ass to make something happen)
    IMHO
    "Легче, чем пух, камень плиты.
    Брось на нее цветы."

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    "Легче, чем пух, камень плиты.
    Брось на нее цветы."

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    Thanks Paxan. That sounds like what I want.

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