Bruin Fisher Posted January 30, 2022 Report Share Posted January 30, 2022 There's a word used Stateside that is never, ever, used on this side of the pond: gotten. We just say got. So an American might say "I've gotten my Covid vaccination." Unless, of course, you're the other kind of American... However there's another word which is similar, but the usage is different: forgotten. In British usage, we say "I forgot to get my vaccination" but "I have forgotten when I had my vaccination". Never "I have forgot when..." How does that compare with US usage? I ask because I'm reading a book set in the England of 1948, by a US author. It's brilliantly written, she doesn't put a foot wrong with British usage - until I came across this: ..."as if he might have otherwise forgot how he lost his father." In British English that should have been 'forgotten' and I rather think in US English too. I wonder if the author is aware of the British got/gotten and assumed the same would apply to forgot/forgotten. Quote Link to comment
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