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REMEMBER and FORGET + Gerund or Infinitive - How does the meaning change?

 

Meaning changes for  REMEMBER and FORGET with GERUND or INFINITIVEHello, I'm Jane at DailyStep English. 
What is the difference between I forgot to do it, I forgot doing it and I forgot do it?

The meaning of REMEMBER and FORGET changes depending on whether it is followed by the Gerund or Infinitive forms.

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and then the Free Audio Lesson below to make sure you understand the difference between REMEMBER and FORGET with GERUND or INFINITIVE.

Here is Audio Word Study #106 from Jane Lawson at DailyStep.com
 

REMEMBER AND FORGET

These two verbs have different meanings depending on whether they are followed by a GERUND or an INFINITIVE. Even very advanced English learners sometimes make mistakes with these verbs!

Take a look at these examples with the verb FORGET:

1. I forgot posting the birthday card to my mother so I was surprised when she called me to say thank you.

2. I forgot to post the birthday card to my mother so I apologised on the telephone when I called to wish her Happy Birthday.

In sentence 1, with FORGOT + GERUND, the actions happened in this order: First, I posted the birthday card but then second, I forgot that I had done it. So my mother received the card because I had posted it.

In sentence 2, with FORGOT + INFINITIVE the actions happened in this order: First, I forgot and second, I did not post the birthday card. So mother did not receive it on her birthday. 
 

The verb REMEMBER has the same grammar, as you can see here:

3. I remember telling him about the meeting, so I am surprised that he did not attend.

4. I’m glad I remembered to tell him about the meeting because it was important for him to attend.

In sentence 3, with REMEMBER + GERUND, it happened in this order: First, I told him about the meeting and then second, I remembered that I had done it.

In sentence 4, with REMEMBER + INFINITIVE, the order was as follows: First I remembered and second, I told him about the meeting. 


So this is the grammar rule:

REMEMBER/FORGET + GERUND means THE GERUND ACTION HAPPENS FIRST.

REMEMBER/FORGET + INFINITIVE means THE INFINTIVE ACTION HAPPENS SECOND.
 

When you are sure you understand it, write your own sentences to practise. That’s all for Audio Word Study # 106 from DailyStep.com.

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