Bit versus Bitten

What is the Difference Between Bit and Bitten?


When to Use Bit

Bit has many uses, but in this article, we are mostly concerned with it as the past tense of the verb bite.

To bite is to grab hold with the mouth, whether for the purpose of eating or to inflict a wound with the teeth.

Here are some example sentences,

  • “James bit the babysitter tonight,” Iliza told her husband, who frowned in consternation.
  • The snake that bit Cameron was a European adder, and although he was in great pain, he did not die.

    When to Use Bitten

    Bitten is the past participle of the same verb. It is used to form the perfect and progressive tenses of bite and can be used as an adjective, as well.

    Summary

    Is it bit or bitten? Bit and bitten are conjugations of the verb bite, which means to grab hold with the mouth.

    Bit forms the simple past tense.
    Bitten forms the past participle.

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