- For Teachers
I would like to sort out all forms of FORGET.
I have looked through some threads but haven't found a summary.
Some suggested that 1) I forget you name. (= I don't remember your name)
while 2) I forgot your name. (= I don't know it now, but I used to know it).
I don't see a big differnce between them.
Another one is 3) to be forgetting
what meanings does it have except I almost forgot?
1) I forget your name. (= I don't remember your name)
Just as appropriate is: "I've forgotten your name."
I think it should have two meanings at least
1) "I've forgotten your name."
2) I forget your name (every time I am asked about it)
2) I forgot your name.
I would use this only with reference to a past forgetting: "I forgot your name last time we met, but I've remembered it this time."
1) DO you find it plain wrong to use it in Present?
- DO you remember my name?
- I forgot it (I have forgotten it)
Another one is 3) to be forgetting.......what meanings does it have except I almost forgot?
I don't think it is used in that way. I would use it as a recent, possibly temporary, thing: "I must be getting old - I'm forgetting to do all sorts of things these days."
I am forgetting my hat. - I know I am forgetting something. Oh, I almost forgot my hat!