I got a haircut yesterday because my hair was too long. While I had been thinking to have a SailorMoon's iconic hairstyle, it reminded me of the question that I asked in an English class.
(Aside: I am doing a part-time intermediate level English course. You know, I was expecting a native speaker, but ironically, our school did not give us one. Our English teacher was a graduate from a top school in South Korea.)
During English class, I asked her, "Is cut a passive or an active verb in the sentence 'I have my hair cut'"?
She said that: "I have my hair cut" means "I have my hair to cut". But most people choose to omit the preposition to".
I asked her to confirm whether it means:
- "I have my hair to cut."
- "I have my hair to be cut."
She picked the former (#1), but I picked the latter (#2) in my mind. Since she was very confident, this really made me so confused.
As far as I understand, "I have my hair cut" means "A gentleman cut my hair for me". So, the word "cut" should be a passive verb in the sentence "I have my hair cut". That means, "I have my hair cut" is equivalent to "I have my hair to be cut" (#2).
I believe only one of us (either my English teacher or me) is correct, but which of us is?