"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.

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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.
    – TimR
    Mar 31, 2016 at 14:08

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