I know" I got married" could means "I was married" or "I became married but could it also mean "I have been married"?

Similarly, I know "I have got married" means I have become married" but could it also mean "I have been married"?

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All of those phrases mean, "I did the ceremony where I became legally married."

The ones in simple past don't mean anything else.

The ones in present perfect also mean there's some connection between that past event and the present, though without context, it's impossible to say what that connection is. It could be that they're still married, or that they have the experience of doing that ceremony, or they have the experience of being someone's spouse, or anything else that you can infer about someone who has been through that ceremony, given the right context.

  • so "I have got married" could also refer to "I have been married" am i interpreting right? Sep 24, 2022 at 1:26
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    @BilalZafar Technically, yes, though as others have mentioned, that phrase doesn't sound natural, and many would say it's incorrect. Also, you responded to Southman in the wrong answer. Please move your comment to the other answer.
    – gotube
    Sep 24, 2022 at 4:28
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    @BilalZafar I meant delete the comment, and write it again :)
    – gotube
    Sep 24, 2022 at 6:55
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    @BilalZafar "I have got" will always sound unnatural without a noun after it. "Married" and "sick" are both adjectives, so neither will ever sound natural. "I have gotten married/sick/etc" is fine and natural.
    – gotube
    Sep 24, 2022 at 17:10
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    @BilalZafar Yes, it's possible for them to mean that. Of course, Context is King, so they'll mean what makes sense for the context. Normally, "I've gotten sick" means "I'm sick right now", but it could mean "I have been sick (at some time in my life)."
    – gotube
    Sep 24, 2022 at 17:28

"I have got married" sounds wrong to me as a native English speaker.

"I have gotten married" sounds more natural, though still awkward.


It looks like "I have got" should only be used to describe ownership of a noun, for example: "I've got an apple in my bag." ("I've" is the same as "I have", just contracted.)

I would not place a verb participle after "have got." For example "I have got dismissed" sounds wrong to me, and does not appear acceptable in the dictionary link either.

  • as though you said "I have gotten married is natural but still awkward but could i interpret " I have gotten married" as " I have been married" other than " I have become married". Similarly could we interpret " I got married" as " I have been married" other than "I became married"? Sep 23, 2022 at 23:29
  • Sorry, I don't understand your question.
    – Mushroom
    Sep 23, 2022 at 23:32
  • I wanted to know whether "got" could mean "became" or "been/have been" and "have gotten could mean "have become" or ,"i have been"? – Sep 23, 2022 at 23:54
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    Gotten is only natural in American English. The only context in which I have got married sounds natural would be in answer to the question "What have you been doing recently?" Sep 24, 2022 at 8:19

''I have got married'' indicates you are still married. "I have been married" indicates you're not married but I still wouldn't say it that way. The ideal would be ''I've been married for 'x' years.

  • @sothman but do you not think "have got" could be transformed into "have been"? As gotube mentioned that "have got married" could mean someone has an experience of being someone's spouse. Sep 24, 2022 at 2:38
  • @Bilal Zafar Can't buddy. ''I have got married'' is in the present perfect indicating the action (the act of getting married) took place in the past but still has effects in the present.
    – Southman
    Sep 24, 2022 at 3:02
  • @Southmanthanks and how about " I got married" as in " i have been married"? Sep 24, 2022 at 3:17
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    @Bilau Zafar As a suggestion, it would be better if you study the concept of verb tenses in your language and then look at what their equivalence would be in English, but always within a context. It's the best I can do to help you, friend. English is not an exact science.
    – Southman
    Sep 24, 2022 at 5:54
  • i appreciate :) Sep 24, 2022 at 6:07

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