Forget - past participle

Discussion in 'English Only' started by majlo, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Hi,
    I've always thought the past participle of "forget" was "forgotten". Apparently, "forgot" is also acceptable as the past participle of "forget", as a few dictionaries say. Do you ever use "forgot" as the past participle for forget?
  2. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    I do not, unless under the influence.;)
  3. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima (English Only)

    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Or if you are Robbie Burns: 'Should auld acquaintance be forgot ...'
  4. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    The OED describes the past participle form "forgot" as archaic or poetic. However, I would have thought it occurs in very casual speech.
  5. That's what I thought.

    I believe it would simply have been Past Simple in very casual speech.
  6. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    Here's Shakespeare using it in Antony and Cleopatra. Enobarbus has just been a little too candid during delicate diplomatic negotiations.

    Thou art a soldier only: speak no more.
    That truth should be silent I had almost forgot.
    You wrong this presence; therefore speak no more

    I don't think the form can be used today in BE without extreme affectation.

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