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In US and in UK respectively, which is more popular as the past participle of forget: forgotten or forgot? Which is more formal/informal?

Examples:

I haven't forgot(ten) you.

You will not be forgot(ten).

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The OED describes the use of the past participle forgot as 'archaic' and 'poetical'.

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THanks! Can OED be used online and free? –  Tim Nov 24 '11 at 16:39
    
@Tim:Yes, at <oed.com/>;, but it requires subscription. Those in the UK can have free access through their local public libraries. –  Barrie England Nov 24 '11 at 16:41
    
Thanks, I didn't know that Barrie. Do you post your answers from the library? –  z7sg Ѫ Nov 24 '11 at 16:58
    
Thanks! The subscription seems not free. –  Tim Nov 24 '11 at 17:02
    
@z7sg Ѫ: No, I have direct access from my home computer. –  Barrie England Nov 24 '11 at 17:08

Grammatically speaking I don't really think haven't forgot is a cardinal sin compared to some usages that make it into popular parlance, but it does seem that people mostly get this one right.

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Thanks! I also wanted to try ngram, but didn't know which phrases are typical enough for search. –  Tim Nov 24 '11 at 15:10
    
I wonder if the huge dip in the 1970s was due to the increased consumption of drugs. "I forgot, man!" –  Polynomial Nov 24 '11 at 15:11
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@Polynomial: Well, you know what they say - If you can remember the 70s, you weren't there! I think we mostly looked at comic books rather than the printed word. –  FumbleFingers Nov 24 '11 at 16:30
    
@Tim: I probably over-use NGram - which isn't all that reliable, I admit. But in a case like this I think it's pretty convincing evidence that the ungrammatical version hasn't exactly shot to prominence. –  FumbleFingers Nov 24 '11 at 16:34
    
Fascinating exchange! Especially the interpretation of the Ngram re the 70s. Thank you guys :) –  barbara Dec 1 at 16:27

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