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    Default Don't forget calling her. Don't forget to call her.

    1. Don't forget calling.

    2. Don't forget to call.

    We normally say like senrence 2 when we refer to something to be done in the future.


    Then how about 1?

    What does 1 mean?
    Last edited by wotcha; 09-Apr-2012 at 07:56.

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    I can't think of any occasion when I might need to say 'Don't forget calling'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I can't think of any occasion when I might need to say 'Don't forget calling'.

    Rover

    Can we understand sentence 2 as "Don't forget you called (somebody already)?"

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Can we understand sentence 2 as "Don't forget you called (somebody already)?"
    No.

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    Challenge accepted!
    A: Boy was I drunk last night.
    B: You certainly were. You were a bit of an idiot.
    A: I know. I danced like a buffoon, and I think I rode that mechanical bull.
    B: You did. What else do you remember?
    A: I remember going on and on about Sarah and how I wish I'd never broken up with her.
    B: Don't forget calling her.
    A: I called her? Why did you let me do that? Friends don't let friend drink and dial!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    A: Boy was I drunk last night.
    B: You certainly were. You were a bit of an idiot.
    A: I know. I danced like a buffoon, and I think I rode that mechanical bull.
    B: You did. What else do you remember?
    A: I remember going on and on about Sarah and how I wish I'd never broken up with her.
    B: Don't forget calling her.
    A: I called her? Why did you let me do that? Friends don't let friend drink and dial!
    I am impressed.

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    And I, by the way, have never drunk-dialed an ex in my life. At least, not that I remember.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And I, by the way, have never drunk-dialed an ex in my life. At least, not that I remember.
    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    Yes, it is possible to use it that way! Especially if you use never:

    - You should never forget calling her. That was a turning point in your relationship, if you remember.
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    Yeah, you're right.
    The difference between forget to (do something) and forget (doing something) was beautifully explained in the English in 30 days book by Sonia Brough and Carolyn Wittmann.

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    Default Re: Don't forget calling her. DOn;t forget to call her.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And I, by the way, have never drunk-dialed an ex in my life. At least, not that I remember.
    Surely, you haven't forgotten sending them the poem you wrote?

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