"He wanted to have himself devoured."

"He wanted to have himself be/get devoured."

I was reading an article, and I came across the sentence I used first of the sentences I used above.

And I was wondering if it's grammatically correct, and whether the second one would be deemed grammatically correct as well.


Sure, it's still grammatically correct, but it's getting needlessly wordy.

In general, it's better to make statements more concise rather than more wordy, particularly in writing.

Were you writing a blog post, this would be my suggested edit:

He wanted to be devoured.

  • Or "to get devoured". That's some blog. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 31 '16 at 14:08

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