got, gotten

got, gotten
The principal parts of get are get, got, got (or gotten). Both got and gotten are acceptable words; your choice will depend upon your speech habits or on the rhythm of the sentence you are writing or speaking. Got is colloquial when used to mean "must," "ought," "own," "possess," and many other terms: "I must (not got to) go." "I ought (not got) to go." "I own (not got) two new suits." See also get and have got to.

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  • got|ten — «GOT uhn», verb, adjective. –v. a past participle of get: »It has gotten to be quite late. –adj. obtained; acquired; won: »ill gotten wealth. Usage In Great Britain, gotten has been l …   Useful english dictionary

  • gotten — 1. Few uses mark out the Americanness of a person more readily than their natural use of got and gotten as alternative past participles of get. (These uses are also spreading to Australia and New Zealand, as some of the examples given below will… …   Modern English usage

  • gotten — got|ten [ˈgɔtn US ˈga:tn] AmE the past participle of ↑get →↑ill gotten gains ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ US/UK DIFFERENCE In American English, gotten is the usual past participle of get : I d gotten an A on the test. | It has gotten really warm. | I heard they had… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gotten — [gät′ n] vt., vi. alt. pp. of GET USAGE although both GOTTEN and GOT are accepted past participles for most senses of the verb GET, GOTTEN has become the prevailing form in the U.S. in all speech and writing, especially for the senses of… …   English World dictionary

  • Gotten — Got ten, p. p. of {Get}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • got|cha — «GUH chuh», interjection, noun –interj. Informal. 1. an exclamation of triumph used when catching, trapping, or exposing. –n. 1. an instance of catching or exposing: »Whether you call it gotcha politics or partisan brawling or mud slinging...has… …   Useful english dictionary

  • got — [gät] vt., vi. pt. & alt. pp. of GET USAGE See usage note at GOTTEN …   English World dictionary

  • gotten — /got n/, v. a pp. of get. Usage. See get. * * * …   Universalium

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