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USAGE: gotten

From:Tristan McLeay <kesuari@...>
Date:Sunday, June 23, 2002, 9:46
I was just installing Windows XP today and happened to notice that it
said 'If you've had a computer before, you've probably GOTTEN things the
way you like it', or some-such like that (the actual wording isn't
important, 'gotten' there is being used in the same way as it was on the

'Gotten' there seems wrong to me (and my younger brother, who generally
speaks more Americanly than I do). Is that some usage of 'gotten' that
hasn't (yet) passed into Australian English, or is it ungrammatical in
the US too and just somehow managed to slip through?

(My brother suggested that 'gotten' is used more to mean 'received',
although 'I've gotten it' sounds wrong to me, too... I never (rarely)
use 'gotten'; my younger brother does.)



Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>