He was bit or bitten by a mosquito?

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Spanish - English
Bit or bitten?

He was bit or bitten by a mosquito?

I have heard ‘bit’ used here.

  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    He was bit by a mosquito? :cross:

    You should recognise your example as a passive construction, and passive constructions are created from to be + past participle.

    The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I would call "he was bit" a non-standard variant. You may sometimes hear it but it's not standard English. It's sometimes used in constructions like "he was bit by the acting bug."


    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I have heard "bit" used as the past participle in BE, but it's not 'standard', and I wouldn't recommend using it.
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