Originally Posted by deltafoxtrot
2. It's "got", not "gotten".
Gotten is very much a word.
"Gotten is probably the most distinctive of all the AmE/BrE grammatical differences, but British people who try to use it often get it wrong. It is not simply an alternative for have got. Gotten is used in such contexts as
- They've gotten a new boat. (= obtain)
- They've gotten interested. (= become)
- He's gotten off the chair. (= moved)
But it is not used in the sense of possession (= have). AmE does not allow
- I've gotten the answer (unless it means 'I have figured out the answer,' rather than 'I have the answer')
- I've gotten plenty
but uses I've got as in informal BrE. The availability of 'gotten' does however mean that AmE can make such distinctions as the following:
- They've got to leave (they must leave) vs
- They've gotten to leave (they've managed to leave)."