July 28th, 2008


Answer: Got vs. Gotten

roadrunner1896 asks When is it correct to use got vs. gotten?

ETA: The following differentiations apply to North American usage of got and gotten. In British usage, gotten is an archaic form that persists in contemporary usage only in compounds: ill-gotten, begotten, misbegotten and forgotten. Gotten comes across as American slang; use got in British fandoms. And now, on with the North American confusion ...

There are some simple black and white rules, and a few gray areas, with the use of got and gotten. Collapse )