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King Ghadsi of Jaisalmer got the lake made 650 years ago with the help of the people(when will I use "got it made")

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    I think got, to get [something] done is a relatively informal / colloquial usage, so you should probably say [he] had it made / built. But you haven't told us what "it" is, so I can't say which of made, built is appropriate. If "it" is anything that would be called a "building", that's the word to use. If it's something like a statue or a landscaped garden, that would probably be made. But for some "constructions" (such as a bridge), you could use either verb. Jan 11 '20 at 12:58
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    FF You are absolutely correct that we do not know for certain what "it" represents, but the reference is probably to an artificial lake originally built as a reservoir. "Making a reservoir" sounds odd to me. "Making a pond" does not sound odd. But, if my guess is correct, this lake is a lot bigger than a pond and seems in part to be bound by walls. So I am going with "build." Jan 11 '20 at 17:34
  • Thank you FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 13 '20 at 10:46
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He got the machine made

means

He caused the machine to be made without personally doing the work

In the US at least, it is idiomatic but very informal. You can say the same thing without a hint of informality by saying

He had the machine made

or

He caused the machine to be made

With respect to "make", it has a very broad field of meaning, but it would not normally be used to mean "construct a building". The natural verb to use would be "build"

So to be natural without sounding too informal, try

King Ghadsi of Jaisalmer had it built ...

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  • Please elaborate your answer Jan 11 '20 at 16:47
  • In what respect do you want me to elaborate? Why did I recemmend "built" instead of "made"? Or why did I recommend "had" instead of "got"? Jan 11 '20 at 16:52
  • I have no idea what your latest question means. Your original statement said that King Ghadsi caused the people to make something. If that is wrong, I was merely following what you said. Jan 11 '20 at 17:03

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