Remember

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‘Remember’ is a confusing verb because learners get confused with infinitives and gerunds (~ing verbs behaving as nouns).

Remember + noun phrase

The easiest way of using ‘remember’ is with nouns or noun phrases.

I remember you.

I remember the time we went to the zoo.

Remember + infinitive

When an infinitive follows remember it refers to an uncompleted action (or an action not yet begun).

I must remember to post that letter tomorrow.

Did you remember to buy milk?

Remember + gerund

This refers to a completed action in one’s memory.

I can’t remember locking the door. I hope I did it.

I remember visiting Spain every time I drink sangria.

You can also use the present perfect after ‘remember’ by using ‘having’ followed by the participle form of the main verb.

I remember having sent the letter because I sent my mother’s birthday card at the same time.

Do you remember having read the play at school we went to the theater to watch Blood Brothers?

Get Grammar Lessons from the Movies: Part 2

Here are some examples of grammar from movies. Part 1 is here.

Simple Present Tense Questions – Uncle Buck

Relative Clause with ‘that’ – Blade Runner

Verb + Infinitive – The Maltese Falcon

Second Conditional/Present Perfect Tense – Good Will Hunting