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Which is correct: "I have got your mail yesterday" or "I have gotten your mail yesterday"
PS: I remember now when I use "gotten". "He has got" can mean past tense, or it can mean the same as "He has".
"He has got a car" = "He has a car [present tense] ", but it can also mean, "He has gotten a car (since I last saw him)" [past tense].
"He has gotten a car" doesn't mean "He has a car". It can only be past tense. I think I use this form intuitively when I need to make clear that I mean past tense, and I don't mean "He has a car."
Last edited by Raymott; 06-Jul-2011 at 21:08.
On a related note, I'd like to know whether our American friends would go with "got" or "gotten" in the construction below:
"I haven't got/gotten to it yet."
I haven't gotten to it yet.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Not a teacher nor a native.
May I put my two penny worth. According to the OADL has got is BrE while has gotten is AmE.
However they write a single line about it that in AmE the past participle of get is gotten.
That is it.
In my experience, speakers of BE hardly ever use gotten.
I never use it: I don't like the sound of it.