1-I don't want my photo taken.

2-I don't want my photo being taken.

3-I don't like my photo being taken.

As far as I know we can use the (sentences-1,2,3) but why can't we use the following sentences ? Especially while the sentence 1 is okay why the sentence 4 not okay?

4-I don't like my photo taken.

5-I don't like my photo be taken.

1 Answer 1


I don't like to have my photo taken.

I don't like my photo to be taken.

I don't think I don't like my photo taken is absolutely ungrammatical. It's in a gray-area. It can be understood as ellipsis of BE: ... [to be] taken.

Your number 5 is definitely ungrammatical:

I don't like my photo be taken. NO

You need to say to be (as in my second sentence above) or use have:

I don't like to have my photo be taken.

  • So did we use ellipsis in that sentence "I don't want my photo [to be] taken" . Sep 13, 2018 at 10:18
  • @TalhaÖzden: I understand taken there as a complement predicated of the grammatical object photo and in that sense there is an implicit BE, but not in the passive sense, not an implicit be.
    – TimR
    Sep 13, 2018 at 10:59
  • "Taken" is not predicated of "photo". Such complements are entirely restricted to NPs and AdjPs. "Have" is a catenative verb and "taken" is a non-finite subordinate clause functioning as its catenative complement.
    – BillJ
    Sep 13, 2018 at 16:31
  • @BillJ: I don't follow when you say "such complements". Object complements?
    – TimR
    Sep 13, 2018 at 16:40
  • @BillJ: So, in She doesn't like to have her hair dyed, the word dyed is not predicated of hair in some manner?
    – TimR
    Sep 13, 2018 at 16:45

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