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    Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Is the sentence correct or should I use 'get' instead? I think it should be 'got' because it's a present perfect tense, but I'm unsure.

    Have you ever got/get lost in a mall?

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    #2

    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Both got and gotten work here.

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    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mori View Post
    Both got and gotten work here.
    'Gotten' is rarely used in BE.

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    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Gotten' is rarely used in BE.

    In British English the past participle of get is got. In American English the past
    participle is gotten (e.g. You've gotten us in a lot of trouble.) except in the
    structure have got.
    Michael Swan, Practical English Usage Third edition, Page 200

    In spoken North American English the past participle gotten is almost always used.
    Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    P.S. I'm sure you know well about gotten. The above information is for Oceanlike.
    Last edited by Mori; 08-Dec-2016 at 14:21.

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    #5

    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Yes, the words in between (you ever) don't change the tense.
    Last edited by tedmc; 08-Dec-2016 at 12:16.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Sorry that I don't quite understand what you meant by "the words in between (you ever) don't change the tense".

    The words as in "you ever"?

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    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    If you're making question with have/has/had + past participle, don't change the verb to the base form- it's not like did he go?

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    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

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    In American English, "Did you ever get lost in a mall?" could be used without changing the meaning. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
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    In American English, "Did you ever get lost in a mall?" could be used without changing the meaning. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    In an informal style, simple past tenses are sometimes possible with always,ever and never when they refer to 'time up to now':
    I always knew I could trust you. (OR I've always known ... )
    Did you ever see anything like that before? (OR Have you ever seen ... ?)
    Michael Swan, Practical English Usage Third edition, Page 443

    In American English, it is also possible to use the simple past with indefinitepast-time adverbs like already, yet, ever and before:
    Did you eat already? OR Have you eaten ...? (BrE Have you eaten already?)
    I didn't call Bobby yet OR I haven't called ... (BrE I haven't called ... )
    British English is changing under American influence, so some of these usesare becoming common in Britain as well.
    Michael Swan, Practical English Usage Third edition, Page 444

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    #10

    Re: Have you ever got lost in a mall?

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
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    In American English, "Did you ever get lost in a mall?" could be used without changing the meaning. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    You're right. In American English, "Did you ever get lost?" and "Have you ever gotten lost?" mean exactly the same thing.

    And in American English, "Have you ever got lost?" is wrong.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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