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I forgot versus I had forgot. What is the difference between the two phrases?

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"I forgot" is the simple past, expressing an action which took place once.

"I had forgotten" is is the simple past perfect, used to express an action taking place before a certain time in the past. This tense emphasizes what happened, not the duration thereof.

"I had forgot" is generally considered bad grammar, at least in my part of the US, because the correct past participle of "forgot" is "forgotten".

See http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/tenses for examples of all English tenses.

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The past particle can be both forgotten or forgot, in the same way the past participle of to get is gotten or got (New Oxford American Dictionary). –  kiamlaluno Aug 28 '10 at 21:14
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But have gotten and have got have completely different meanings in American English. –  user706 Aug 28 '10 at 22:41
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@kiamlaluno: there are regional variations; in British English, the past participles of "to forget" and "to get" are "forgotten" and "got" only. –  Steve Melnikoff Aug 29 '10 at 13:29

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