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    #1

    gotten them by crime

    I also wanted an expensive car, that I had a home to go, to succeed in life, but I've never gotten them by crime.

    Is this sentence correct? The intended meaning of the words gotten by crime here is to obtain all those things by fraudulent means.

    Is it possible to use just the word crime as stated?

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    Re: gotten them by crime

    I would write it as "I also wanted an expensive car, a home to go to, and success in life; but I never got them by crime". "Gotten" is never used in British English.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #3

    Re: gotten them by crime

    But it is used often in AmE.

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    Re: gotten them by crime

    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    There is an exception, Grumpy: ill-gotten

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    #5

    Re: gotten them by crime

    Quote Originally Posted by cbergamo View Post
    I also wanted an expensive car, that I had a home to go, to succeed in life, but I've never gotten them by crime.

    Is this sentence correct? The intended meaning of the words gotten by crime here is to obtain all those things by fraudulent means.

    Is it possible to use just the word crime as stated?
    I would change "by crime" to "illegally".

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