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Which is more natural? 'The system has rotten to the core.' 'The system is rotten to the core.'

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“Has rotten” is straight up wrong. “Has rotted” would be fine. “Is rotten” is most correct and common.

you could say 'has rot in the core' as well, using the noun form of rot.

But the second sentence is the natural one.

That’s grammatically right but the meaning is different. Having “rot in the core” suggests something corrupting the system from the inside, “is rotten to the core” means the system is already fundamentally broken.

Has rot at the core. Not in the core 

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https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=rotten+at+the+core%2C+rotten+in+the+core&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=en-2019&smoothing=3

Not with "rotten." 

If you mean the prepositional phrase in the core/at the core, it makes sense those would be common, but not with this adjective.

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u/Usual_Ice636 avatar

"Has rotted" means it was fine before but is rotten now.

"Is rotten" just means its rotten, no statement about how long it been that way.

"has rotten" is just incorrect.

u/throwinitaway1278 avatar

“Rotten to the core” is basically an adjective phrase. So it’s more common to say it the second way.

Like someone else said, “has rotted to the core” would also be okay, but is much less common.

"Is rotten"

u/sophisticaden_ avatar

Is rotten

Has rotted

Well the first one is wrong. So the second one.

"Rotten" is an adjective, so "is" or another linking verb is necessary.