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    get to know + the Present Perfect

    Hello.

    I have just been thinking of a fictitious situation where I can say, 'I have got to know how little I need to live' meaning 'I have realized how little I need to live'.

    And that seems confusing to me as it can be understood as if I said 'I have to know ...'.
    In the USA they use the form gotten and if I said 'I have gotten to know how little I need to live', there would be no misunderstanding, at least to the best of my knowledge.

    In Britain they don't use that form. So I am just curious how would they say that there?
    If what I have wrote isn't used in informal conversations, I would be delighted to know how they say that .

    Also and as usual I would be grateful if you would correct any mistakes you might find in this post.

    Thanks, Alex.
    Last edited by AlexAD; 06-Feb-2012 at 11:12.

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    Re: get to know + the Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    I have just been thinking of a fictitious situation where I can say, 'I have got to know how little I need to live' meaning 'I have realized how little I need to live'.

    And that seems confusing to me as it can be understood as if I said 'I have to know ...'.
    In the USA they use the form gotten and if I said 'I have gotten to know how little I need to live', there would be no misunderstanding, at least to the best of my knowledge.

    In Britain they don't use that form. So I am just curious how would they say that there?
    If what I have wrote isn't used in informal conversations, I would be delighted to know to say that .

    Also and as usual I would be grateful if you would correct any mistakes you might find in this post.

    Thanks, Alex.
    I would use "I have realised..."

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