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.

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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. 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? 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? Sep 13, 2018 at 16:45

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