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    #1

    got or gotten

    Which is correct: "I have got your mail yesterday" or "I have gotten your mail yesterday"

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    #2

    Re: got or gotten

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    Which is correct: "I have got your mail yesterday" or "I have gotten your mail yesterday"
    Neither of these is correct. We do not use the present perfect tense for a single action in the past.
    "I got your mail yesterday."

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    #3

    Re: got or gotten

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    Which is correct: "I have got your mail yesterday" or "I have gotten your mail yesterday"

    Thanks to dear Raymott.

    However, there's a distinction between British and American usages in other meanings:

    I've got a few mails since last Friday. (BrE)
    I've gotten a few mails since last Friday. (AmE)



    Is that right?

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    Re: got or gotten

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks to dear Raymott.

    However, there's a distinction between British and American usages in other meanings:

    I've got a few mails since last Friday. (BrE)
    I've gotten a few mails since last Friday. (AmE)



    Is that right?
    Yes, though I think it's not as specific as a BrE/AmE distinction. I use either/both - depending on how I feel. And so do some Am. and Br. people.

    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."
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    Re: got or gotten

    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."

    Thanks!

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    Re: got or gotten

    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.

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    Re: got or gotten

    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.

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    Re: got or gotten

    In my experience, speakers of BE hardly ever use gotten.

    I never use it: I don't like the sound of it.

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