i dont want to be bitten by a snake

i dont want bitten by a snake

which of above sentences are correct? Is it necessary to us to be? what happens if i don't use it?

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    You must always capitalize I in English when you are referring to yourself, and don't forget the apostrophe in don't!
    – stangdon
    Commented Feb 6, 2023 at 12:34

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Only "I don't want to be bitten by a snake" is correct.

Yes, it is necessary to use to be. Want can only be used with a noun phrase (like "I want some antivenom") or the to-infinitive of a verb (like "I want to see a tiger"). Bitten is a past participle.

If you don't use it, your sentence sounds wrong and non-fluent.

Reference: Using want


"I don't want bitten by a snake" is incorrect in standard English, but such a construction might be used in some regional dialects especially in Scotland, Appalachia, and the American Midwest.

In these dialects, "need" or "want", and occasionally "like", can be followed directly by a passive participle instead of the standard to-infinitive or other phrasing.

Does your road still need plowed?

(Standard: "need to be plowed" or "need plowing")

The cats like fed dinner by 4:30.

(Standard: "like to be fed" or "like (it) if they're fed")

  • Why are you including Scotland in your list of places, the references only mentions North America
    – WendyG
    Commented Feb 6, 2023 at 16:26
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