Stop Saying: "Forget" and "Remember"
I wouldn't date someone who wears sunglasses inside.
- You haven't got any recollection of us together?
- Yeah, yeah, I might have something.
Today's lesson is all about memory
and the most useful expressions that you can use
First, quickly, what's the difference between
These two verbs are always confused.
they both talk about having a memory inside your head,
to have and to keep a memory in your head,
like: If you go out somewhere,
just remember to take your key.
Keep that memory inside your head.
And remind means that something or someone
puts the memory into your head.
Again: I'm listening to our song right now.
So in that situation, the song makes me remember.
It gives me the memory of something.
I remember your face when I listen to this song.
All right, so if you are like me,
then every time you meet someone new, this happens.
when you want to ask someone to repeat certain information
Sorry, what was your name again?
I know, it's still your name now,
but the verb, we make it past,
because we forgot, and you told me in the past.
And also notice, when we ask you to repeat something,
we will add again, like in these examples:
Oh, no worries.
Yes, it's still happening now,
but that verb, change it to the past tense and add again,
because you're asking them to repeat themselves.
Sorry, I lost my train of thought.
You know those times when you have a thought
and then you have another thought,
but then you lose it and you forget everything?
In those times, we say that you lose your train of thought.
So right now, I just lost my train of thought.
When you forget something very quickly
we say that that thing slipped your mind.
It slipped my mind, for example:
When we talk about remembering things,
these are the most common expressions.
- It'll come back to me, I promise.
Remember the phrasal verb, come back?
I just need something to jog my memory,
I came over here, I introduced myself.
To jog your memory, to shake your brain,
to do something in order to help you remember something.
Now, when you're trying to remember something,
no, nothing, you just can't remember,
- Oh my god, I believe in you!
When you draw a blank or your mind is a blank,
it means there's no memory in there, it's nothing.
I'm looking or I'm staring blankly at someone or something,
it means nothing is happening inside here.
Something is on the tip of your tongue.
The words are there, but you just can't say them.
You just need something to jog your memory, a tiny bit,
Some of you want the more formal options,
To have a recollection of something or someone.
A recollection, it's a memory,
but it's just a more formal word for memory.
But that's a noun, and it works like this.
- So you don't have any recollection of my name?
- I have no recollection of your name at all!
A formal verb that you can use would be recall.
The stress is on the second syllable.
If you don't remember, you don't recall.
That's a more formal way of saying I don't remember.
- Do you usually have trouble recalling names?
- Well, weirdly, I can actually recall
because it's actually easy, they're all called Maria.
So next time that you forget something in English,
just remember this lesson and...
I was going to say something then.
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