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  1. sanjanabhatnagar
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    Got or gotten

    Why we use past form of the verb in perfect tense when grammatically it shud be past participle.
    Ex- I had got a horrible experience from dealer
    or I had gotten a horrible experience from dealer.
    which is correct please advice.
    Regards
    Shweta

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    Re: Got or gotten

    Actually, it is the past participle.

    The verb "get" goes like this:
    get, got, got

    OR

    get, got, gotten <esp. American English>

    So, to your question, both I had got and I had gotten are correct.

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    Re: Got or gotten

    I had got a horrible experience from dealer
    actually,this is not present perfect tense,it has the same meaning with "I had a...." and it's in the past form.

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    Re: Got or gotten

    Quote Originally Posted by sanjanabhatnagar View Post
    Why we use past form of the verb in perfect tense when grammatically it shud be past participle.
    Ex- I had got a horrible experience from dealer
    or I had gotten a horrible experience from dealer.
    which is correct please advice.
    Regards
    Shweta
    Your example sentence is not correct. One does not "get" an experience.
    Your example is in the past perfect form. As was already said "got" is a past participle of "get" (along with "gotten").

    A correct past perfect example with "get" is:

    John had got/gotten a new coat just before the first snow storm.

    Your sentence would be correct as "I had a horrible experience at the dealership." (past tense of "have")
    I had had a horrible experience at the dealership. (past perfect of "have")

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