so you have got here at last!

Nircolartor

Banned
Español, Venezuela
Hi there, from The Hobbit:

“So you have got here at last!” That was what he was going to say to Gandalf this time.

Shouldn't it be gotten here?

Thanks!
 
  • Oddmania

    Senior Member
    French
    Hi,

    As far as I'm aware, gotten is only used in (North) American English, and hardly ever in other versions of English (UK, Australia, Middle Earth,... :D )
     

    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    The British used to say "gotten" too (and they still say, e.g., "forgotten" and "begotten"), but it later fell out of fashion there, and was retained in America.
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    And we say 'ill-gotten'. And curiously Chambers Dictionary lists 'ill-got' as an archaic alternative. So it seems that this has gone the other way, and gained the '-ten' rather than lost it.
     
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