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Got or gotten

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Got or gotten

Which of the two past participles, got or gotten should we use? Which one is correct? Let’s take a closer look.

Put simply, ‘Got’ is the past participle of ‘get’ in British English and ‘gotten’ is the past participle of ‘get’ in American English. There is really no difference in meaning, and you should only opt to use one or the other if you want to be fully consistent in speaking either American or British English. Apart from this, you can use the two interchangeably without issue.

  • I have gotten sick of that dude.
  • I had got there around 21:00 last night.
  • We’ve gotten a new truck.
  • They’ve got anxious.

What about the difference between “get” and “go”?

Get and go, two of English’s commonest words and also two particular words that tend to be confused a lot. In the previous page ‘Get’ A complete set of rules we provided a full description and explanation solely on ‘get’, now we’re going to explain the differences between get and go to avoid confusion.

Get – Infinitive 

We use ‘get’ to talk about the end of an action or a movement, specifically; the arrival.

  • I got to work at nine in the morning.
  • What time did you get to the cinema last night? (NOT go to)
  • Yesterday, Bill got to the meeting late.
  • She got there shortly before 20:00.

Go – Infinitive 

We use ‘go’ to talk about the entire movement or action.

  • I go to work every day.
  • I went to the museum yesterday and got there at 21:00. (‘to go to the museum’ is the entire action or movement and “arriving to the museum” is the end of the movement).
  • When are you going?
  • They went to the fair last weekend.
  • We go to the mall every month.