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I saw him at the mall last weekend and I noticed he got a new haircut.

I saw him at the mall last weekend and I noticed he had gotten a new haircut.

Do you find any of sentences above awkward? I think they are all ok but not sure they are grammatically correct.

Thank you!

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I find them both uncomfortable, though I couldn't tell you why grammatically.

I'd use

I saw him at the mall last weekend and I noticed he had a new haircut.

'had gotten' wouldn't be acceptable anywhere outside the US.

  • but will be acceptable in the US though? – MAT Aug 27 '18 at 8:33
  • I would say "and I saw he got a new hair cut" but the 2nd sentence mentioned above (~had gotten a haircut~) was used by a youtuber in his educational video. – MAT Aug 27 '18 at 8:35
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    I can't really comment on US usages - but it sounds "uneducated" to me... but you didn't 'see he got' a haircut, you only saw the result. – Tetsujin Aug 27 '18 at 9:03
  • @Tetsujin Both had gotten and had got are perfectly acceptable in North American usage—and they are not uneducated at all. In fact, I'd say that the had (got/gotten) versions of the sentence is more common than the other variations. – Jason Bassford Aug 27 '18 at 9:28
  • 'had got' - fine by me [though it wasn't one of the mentioned options], but the US '...ten' ending just sounds weird to me. Doesn't fit my head space at all; sounds like a cowboy movie from the 50s. – Tetsujin Aug 27 '18 at 9:32

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