Sunday, June 29

The Meaning of “Have It Made”

First of all, sorry for my long absence from this blog Cool Elf. I've been very busy.

But now I'm back in business. The business of posting interesting and helpful mini-lessons about the English language! Hooray!!

Today's topic is the expression, "have it made."

You've probably heard this expression used before. Here are some example sentences to refresh your memory:

Nice house, good job, lovely family – you have it made!

You kids have it made. Your parents do everything for you.

Can you feel the meaning of "have it made" in our situations above? If you still can't, keep on reading.

Have It Made vs. Have P.P.

First, "have it made" is different from Have P.P. or Present Perfect tense. Take a look:

Have It Made

Have P.P.
You have it made. You have made it.
You kids have it made. You kids have made it.
She has it made. She has made it.

The pattern for "have it made" is:

S + have + it + made

While the pattern for Have P.P. is:

S + have + p.p. + (something)

More examples of Have P.P. :

She has made coffee.

They have left.

We have seen it.

Have It Made vs. Causative

"Have it made" looks very similar to the Causatives. But it's better for you if you separate "have it made" from them.

Take a look at the Causative sentences below and compare:

I will have her pick me up at the station. (=Causative)

I got my friend to fix my computer. (=Causative)

I have my car fixed every month. (=Causative)

I had my t-shirt made in Hong Kong. (=Causative)

You have it made. (= Have it made)

Indeed, the structures are very similar so they are confusing. But sentences # 1 and # 2 are easy to separate because they are talking about people:

I will have her pick me up at the station. (=Causative)

I got my friend to fix my computer. (=Causative)

Sentences # 3 and # 4 are talking about things (not people) and their meaning is similar to Passive.

I have my car fixed every month. (=Causative)

I had my t-shirt made in Hong Kong. (=Causative)

That's why it can become like "have it made." If I change the Nouns to the Pronoun "it" ... 

I have it fixed every month. (=Causative)

I had it made in Hong Kong. (=Causative)

If you want to learn more about these Causatives, just click:

Have It Made is an Idiom

Finally, "have it made" is an idiom or a fixed expression. This means you should learn it as a set or group of words and you should memorize it as one Vocabulary unit. 

Its meaning is "someone has everything they need for success or for a happy life."


He is the son of Bill Gates. He has it made.

You've graduated from the top university in your country. It looks like you have it made.

He has it made after winning the lottery.

Also, "have it made" can mean "in a very good situation" or "able to relax and not needing to worry about work and other problems."

You have it made. Your girlfriend is doing all the housework.

If you are transferred to the other branch, you will have it made.

Have = Have Got

Before we end, let me just add that "have it made" is an informal expression used mostly in speaking. For this reason, it is common to hear "have got" instead of "have."

You have it made. = You've got it made.

She has it made. = She's got it made.

They have it made. = They've got it made.

Hope You Learned Something!
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