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USAGE: gotten, boughten

From:Tony Hogard <james.hogard@...>
Date:Monday, June 24, 2002, 17:39

> Sounds perfectly good to me. A number of verbs have two past > participles (one equivalent to the root, the other with -en); and as > far as I can tell, one or the other is used as an adjective the > other as a verb. As far as I'm concerned, those in -en tend to be > the adjectives: > sunken treasure, drunken man, boughten bread, etc. The simple > participle is the verb: the ship has sunk; the man has drunk; I have > bought the bread. Get is strange in that it doesn't really work as > an adjective; and I'd indiscriminately use got and gotten in all > contexts I can think of at the moment.
Also shrunk-shrunken. My wife and I were just discussing these participle forms yesterday. The prescriptivist in me cringed when she used "boughten", though. I didn't think it was standard AmE usage. -Tone