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    Default Forgot vs Have forgotten

    Hi,

    This one's been puzzling me for a little while.

    I leave home with my kids for school and forget my keys. On the way to school I feel my pockets and say to my son:

    No luck, I have forgotten my keys

    or

    No luck, I forgot my keys at home

    Cambridge grammar of English tells me I should use the former, (different time frame,...). But somehow I tend to use the latter.

    Anyone?

    Thanks

    Jonathan

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    Default Re: Forgot vs Have forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by Kjeldebu View Post
    Hi,

    This one's been puzzling me for a little while.

    I leave home with my kids for school and forget my keys. On the way to school I feel my pockets and say to my son:

    No luck, I have forgotten my keys

    or

    No luck, I forgot my keys at home

    Cambridge grammar of English tells me I should use the former, (different time frame,...). But somehow I tend to use the latter.

    Anyone?

    Thanks

    Jonathan

    Hi.

    To me, both sound natural. But I would say 'I've forgotten my keys.." Not a large difference, but that's just me.

    But while 'I forgot my keys at home' sounds quite natural, I'd hear 'I've forgotten my keys' more frequently. Especially if it's in the morning and you're on the way out the door. Right after leaving the house, I don't think you'd say 'I forgot my keys at home'.

    But again, that's just me.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: Forgot vs Have forgotten

    Thanks Haniball,

    That makes sense.

    J

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    Default Re: Forgot vs Have forgotten

    To this BeE speaker, 'I forgot my keys at home' sounds most unnatural.

    I'd say 'I've left my keys at home.'

    Have you qualified as a teacher yet, HanibalII?

    Rover

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    Default Re: Forgot vs Have forgotten

    And will both variants do in the following context:
    What does this word mean? - I forgot (I've forgotten).
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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: Forgot vs Have forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    I'd say 'I've left my keys at home.'
    OK, but wat goes through my mind at that point is I really just forgot to pocket them on my way out. So I'm explaining this to the kids.

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    Default Re: Forgot vs Have forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    To this BeE speaker, 'I forgot my keys at home' sounds most unnatural.

    I'd say 'I've left my keys at home.'

    Have you qualified as a teacher yet, HanibalII?

    Rover

    No. I haven't yet, and yes, it is stated every time I post.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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