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    #1

    we had gotten to be

    Hi all,

    - We had gotten to be there on time.

    I know it is OK to use 'got' in the sentence, but still I would like to ask if it OK to use 'gotten' in it or not.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: we had gotten to be

    No. 'Gotten' (which is rarely used in BrE), is one of the the past participles of 'get'. Eg 'He asked for directions after he had got(ten) lost.'

    Here 'We had got to be there on time' means 'We had no choice but to be there on time'.

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    #3

    Re: we had gotten to be

    "We had got to be there on time" seems strange to me. "We have got to be there on time" is what I would expect.

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    #4

    Re: we had gotten to be

    I am not a teacher.

    I wouldn't say, 'We had got to be there on time'. I would say, 'We had to be there on time', if it's in the past, or 'We have got to be there on time' in the present.

    'We had gotten to be there on time' sounds as if it means, 'We managed to be there on time', although I wouldn't say that myself.

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