got vs gotten : Common Errors in English

About got vs gotten

In the UK, the old word “gotten” dropped out of use except in suchstock phrases as “ill-gotten” and “gotten up,” but in the US it isfrequently used as the past participle of “get.” sometimes the two areinterchangeable, However, “got” implies current possession, as in “I’vegot just five dollars to buy my dinner with.” “Gotten,” in contrast,often implies the process of getting hold of something: “I’ve gottenfive dollars for cleaning out Mrs. Quimby’s shed” emphasizing theearning of the money rather than its possession. Phrases that involvesome sort of process usually involve “gotten”: “My grades have gottenbetter since I moved out of the fraternity.” When you have to leave,you’ve got to go. If you say you’ve “gotten to go” you’re implyingsomeone gave you permission to go.

got Meaning(s)

  • (n) a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent
  • (v) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  • (v) enter or assume a certain state or condition
  • (v) cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
  • (v) receive a specified treatment (abstract)
  • (v) reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  • (v) go or come after and bring or take back
  • (v) go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  • (v) take vengeance on or get even
  • (v) achieve a point or goal
  • (v) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  • (v) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
  • (v) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
  • (v) be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
  • (v) communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone
  • (v) give certain properties to something
  • (v) move into a desired direction of discourse
  • (v) grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
  • (v) attract and fix
  • (v) reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
  • (v) reach by calculation
  • (v) acquire as a result of some effort or action
  • (v) purchase
  • (v) perceive by hearing
  • (v) suffer from the receipt of
  • (v) receive as a retribution or punishment
  • (v) leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
  • (v) reach and board
  • (v) irritate
  • (v) evoke an emotional response
  • (v) apprehend and reproduce accurately
  • (v) earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
  • (v) overcome or destroy
  • (v) be a mystery or bewildering to
  • (v) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  • (v) undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
  • (v) make children

gotten Meaning(s)

  • (n) a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent
  • (v) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  • (v) enter or assume a certain state or condition
  • (v) cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
  • (v) receive a specified treatment (abstract)
  • (v) reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
  • (v) go or come after and bring or take back
  • (v) go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  • (v) take vengeance on or get even
  • (v) achieve a point or goal
  • (v) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  • (v) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
  • (v) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
  • (v) be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
  • (v) communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone
  • (v) give certain properties to something
  • (v) move into a desired direction of discourse
  • (v) grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
  • (v) attract and fix
  • (v) reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
  • (v) reach by calculation
  • (v) acquire as a result of some effort or action
  • (v) purchase
  • (v) perceive by hearing
  • (v) suffer from the receipt of
  • (v) receive as a retribution or punishment
  • (v) leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
  • (v) reach and board
  • (v) irritate
  • (v) evoke an emotional response
  • (v) apprehend and reproduce accurately
  • (v) earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher
  • (v) overcome or destroy
  • (v) be a mystery or bewildering to
  • (v) take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  • (v) undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
  • (v) make children

got in News

  1. Got a Green Job?

    Got A Green job?
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

  2. White House got EU to drop anti-NSA spying measure

    BRUSSELS, June 13 (UPI) -- The White House got the European Union to drop a measure that could have blocked covert U.S. agencies from spying on EU citizens, The Financial Times reports.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: UPI

  3. Texas Got It Right! By Sam Wyly and Andrew Wyly, Foreword by Walter Isaacson

    DALLAS, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the book's successful launch last fall, Texas Got It Right! (TXGIR!) is now available as an iBook! Formatted for the iPad, the Texas Got It Right! iBook ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

gotten in News

  1. Reds-Cubs Preview

    The Cincinnati Reds have gotten back on track in their series against the Chicago Cubs, largely due to their performance on the mound.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

  2. Angels stop four-game skid

    BALTIMORE -- The Angels hadn't gotten timely hits in the first two games of the series, but Erick Aybar and Albert Pujols helped changed that on Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The SportsXchange via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Letter: Government has gotten too big and too intrusive

    Conservatives have lamented for a long time that government has gotten too big, too expensive and too intrusive. Recent '
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Greenville News

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