Which one of the following is correct?

"How did you know what marks I got?"

"How did you know what marks I get?"

"How did you know what marks I have got?"

"How did you know what marks I have gotten?"

I remember someone said that you do not need to use past tense once you used "did"?

  • You don't need to use the past tense of know, but the rule doesn't affect the rest of the sentence. ',,,What marks I get' is wrong, since the speaker has already received the marks. – Kate Bunting Jan 7 at 9:35
  • @KateBunting Hello Kate! Thanks for commenting, so the other 3 options are correct? How do they differ from each other? – Negrawh Jan 7 at 13:05
  • Gotten is only used in American English. As I'm British, I don't know whether it would be appropriate here or not. Got would be usual; have got would be used of something physical in the speaker's possession ('how many pens I have got'). – Kate Bunting Jan 7 at 17:35
  • @KateBunting Thanks Kate :) – Negrawh Jan 8 at 3:08

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