I would like to properly use the verb get in the following sentence:

"You've ___ bigger since the last time I saw you, Bobby."

Should the past tense got be used or the past participle gotten?

I know it should be conjugated according to 'You have' (present).

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    Properly, I would use grown. Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 20:59
  • Thank you for your response, I had not thought of this!
    – aitía
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 21:00
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    It depends on where you speak English. Have gotten is American usage. Elsewhere have got is used. Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 13:50

2 Answers 2


Here's a quick way to remember:

Have got = Have

Have gotten = Got it since the start and still got it until now or just lost it by now

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    Grown and become are good alternatives. Gotten is grammatically ok; but it's good to find other words when possible, because got is too easy and overworked. The idea that have got=have practically proves not to use have got. Why add a word unnecessarily?
    – Les Tivers
    Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 9:56
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    I mean you can replace “have got” with “have” or the other way around. “I’ve got to go” equals ”I have to go”, with this you can separate the meanings between present and present perfect tense more easily. And if the OP saw it, they would knew the word ”get” isn't so suitable for the sentence.
    – hbtpoprock
    Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 12:47

Both are actually correct.

You've got

might be considered somewhat outdated by purists, whilst

You've gotten

might be viewed as overly snobbish and high-brow by the poorly educated.

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    Not in British English! Gotten is rarely used.
    – JeremyC
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 21:57
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    @JeremyC It is now, but it used to be part of English dialect. I know a folk song about a Sheffield cutler whose wife is giving him a hard time one line of which runs "Sithee look what stays I've gotten, sithee what a pair of shoes" and it needs 'gotten' to fit the tune!
    – BoldBen
    Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 1:10
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    @BoldBen Yes, it is famously a word which has died out in BrE but survived in AmE. Commented Oct 12, 2018 at 8:30
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    @KateBunting Yes, and to me it always sounds a bit 'yokelish'. I'm never surprised to hear it from a hillbilly or cowboy character in a movie but I always find it odd coming from an academic or senior politician.
    – BoldBen
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 8:31
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    @BoldBen: And yet "begotten" and "forgotten" are somehow okay in both versions of the language and neither is associated with hillbillies.
    – Ricky
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 15:40

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