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Which is right:

  1. They would’ve got away with it.
  2. They would’ve gotten away with it.

I am interested in what we would say in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, not in the United States of America.

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    @FumbleFingers: I was about to comment that this is a case where Americans can use either got or gotten, but this may be my age showing. Ngrams shows that the distinction between got and gotten is sharpening in this case, and the clear preference today in this phrase is for gotten. – Peter Shor Dec 14 '14 at 17:00
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    @FumbleFingers Except, as tchrist points out on another post, in the case of ill-gotten gains. – WS2 Dec 14 '14 at 17:03
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    Either phrase would likely lead me to mentally add ".. if it wasn't for those meddling kids" – Martin Smith Dec 14 '14 at 17:04
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    @FumbleFingers: that's right, "have got" means possession, and "have gotten" is used everywhere else. I had thought there were some cases where Americans could use either one, but looking at Ngrams, I think I'm wrong ... some Americans are still using got for the past participle in all cases, but the number is steadily going down. – Peter Shor Dec 14 '14 at 17:12
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    @FumbleFingers: right. – Peter Shor Dec 14 '14 at 17:14