If I want to tell someone that I just left the bathroom, could I use the following sentences?

1 I just got out of the bathroom

2 I have just gotten out of the bathroom

If both they are wrong, then what is the difference between 1 and 2?

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    As a British English speaker, I would say "I've just got out of the bathroom". I'll leave it to the Americans to explain whether or not they would use gotten. Mar 20, 2020 at 8:49

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Short answer - the one with "gotten" is incorrect.

"Got" is the past tense of "to get", but "get" has at least two meanings - it can mean to have or receive something, but also to reach something such as a place, for example, "I got home".

"Gotten" is used when talking about the acquisition of something, for example "ill-gotten gains". It is not appropriate when talking about getting somewhere.


Those are both perfectly fine. There is no difference in semantics or nuance.

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