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    Arrow He always forgot what he said!

    Hi,

    When someone forgot everything, even with the words said one minute ago.
    Can I say "He always forgot what he said!" ?

    Is there any syntax error in "He always forgot what he said!" ?

    For example, below are the options to say:

    1. He always forgot what he said!
    2. He always forgot what he had said!

    3. He always forget (what he said) / (what he had said)!
    4. He always forgets (what he said) / (what he had said)!

    which one is right ?

    Please help to explain why, thanks.

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    Default Re: He always forgot what he said!

    1. He always forgot what he said!
    2. He always forgot what he had said!
    Both of these could work- it depends on the time of speaking.

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    Default Re: He always forgot what he said!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Both of these could work- it depends on the time of speaking.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: He always forgot what he said!

    If you are talking about a habitual situation where someone always forgets what they previously said, then "He always forgets what he has said" would be most appropriate. Once that person has died, you would say "He always used to forget what he had said".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: He always forgot what he said!

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Thanks.
    You don't need to send your thanks in a separate post, fenglish, or quote our replies back to us.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


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