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Joseph was (bit, bitten) by a large animal.

what is the correct word to use and why?
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Both are fine as past participles.
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Mister MicawberBoth are fine as past participles.

Could you please link us to a list with "bit" as a past participle? Thanks.
Please try any of the AmE online dictionaries.
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In my idiolect, only "bitten" would be permitted.

Wiktionary lists both.
This is also my question at the moment...is it bit or bitten?? If bit is correct, then what is bit used for (other than a 'drill bit')?? Have I been bite, bit or bitten???
You have been bit or bitten...or if you are a dog, you have been biting.
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When I googled "has bit the girl" and "has bitten the girl", the former had 3 hits, while the latter had 387 hits.
Also when I googled "was bit by a dog" and "was bitten by a dog", the former had 331,000 hits, while the latter had 2,180,000 hits.
In addition, In British English Dictoinaries like "Oxford, Longman, and Collins" the conjugation of bite is "bite-bit-bitten". That is, "bit" is only used for past tense, and not as past participle.
On the contrary, Webster, an American English Dictionary, has both "bitten" and "bit" as past particple.

So I guess the usage is different from place to place, and also in active voice, "bitten" is much preferred to "bit" as past participle. In passive voice, "bitten" is less preferred than in active voice, but still peferred to "bit" a lot.

So my question is, in a school in Britain, if there were a question about the conjugation of the verb "bite", and you argued that the past participle of "bite" is "bit" instead of "bitten", your answer would be regarded as correct or incorrect.
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