verb transitive, verb intransitive
▶ USAGE: although both gotten, get verb:transitive are accepted past participles for most senses of the verb , get, gotten has become the prevailing form in the U.S. in all speech and writing, especially
for the senses of receiving, becoming, or arriving; the gradual acceptance of , gotten over the past 40 years or so has probably been facilitated by the desire to distinguish
between possession, as in the informal I've got a car, and acquisition, as in I've gotten a car; these forms are not commonly used in most other English-speaking countries, where
the standard form for possession is have (I have a car) and the standard past participle is get verb:transitive (for instance, in Britain, I have got a car means I have acquired a car)
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