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    Default Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    Hello,
    From time to time I can hear this sentence: "If I good remember...". I find it incorrect, I use "If I remember well.." in such situation.
    Could you tell me please if my intuition in this matter is right? Is "If I good remember..." sentence used by native speakers?
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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by wojtek_himself View Post
    Is "If I good remember..." sentence used by native speakers?
    No. We say, "If I remember correctly" or "If my memory serves me (right/correctly)".

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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    Also, people of a certain age say 'If I remember aright' [sic - one of the many 'a-' words that have passed on, leaving only a few stragglers like away and ajar.

    I think that, in Br English, the word 'well' in the context of memory is more commonly used as a reinforcer of accuracy: 'I well remember the time in the sixties when I first heard the song If Your Memory Serves You Well and thought "That's a funny use of 'well' - I suppose it's American".

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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Also, people of a certain age say 'If I remember aright'
    I do. I refrained from mentioning it lest a certain moderator (who shall remain nameless; just think Star Wars) remind me once again of my advancing years. She'll probably come in anyway to pick up my 'lest' and subjunctive 'remember'.

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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    Are you sure you're not hearing "If I could ​remember ..."?

    I say "If I remember rightly ..." - the phrase used by members of both sides of my family and so the one I grew up hearing.



    You're OK, 5jj - I entirely approve of the use of "lest" and frequently use it myself. Your advancing years (your words, not mine) only serve to add to your wisdom.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    5jj & BobK,
    Thank you for your tips, I appreciate it.
    One more question: I changed my original sentence "If I remember well" to "if I well remember". Would you consider this sentence as proper?

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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    Neither of them is natural.

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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Are you sure you're not hearing "If I could ​remember ..."?
    I'm sure, I heard it many times from non-native speakers.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    5jj - Your advancing years (your words, not mine) only serve to add to your wisdom.
    Thanks for writing this, I wanted to write similar thing but my English is not good enough....

    Coming back to "if I good remember" : is it at least understandable to be communicative for native speakers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wojtek_himself View Post
    5jj & BobK,
    Thank you for your tips, I appreciate it.
    One more question: I changed my original sentence "If I remember well" to "if I well remember". Would you consider this sentence as proper?
    We use "well" with "remember" in statements.

    Do you remember that little hotel we used to stay at on Corsica?
    Ah, I remember it well.

    Do you remember the first car I bought?
    I don't remember it well - I vaguely recall that it was green.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is "if I good remember" sentence correct?

    "If I recall correctly" or "If I remember correctly" is so common that "IIRC" is understood as an abbreviation in "chat" speak.

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