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

    Quote Originally Posted by wojtek_himself View Post
    I'm sure, I heard it many times from non-native speakers.



    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?
    If you said "If I good remember" to me, I would assume that I had misheard and that you meant to say "If I could remember". If you said "If I remember good ..." I would understand perfectly but I would know you were a non-native speaker.

    I would avoid "If I good remember" if I were you. Forget it!
    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?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "If I recall correctly" or "If I remember correctly" is so common that "IIRC" is understood as an abbreviation in "chat" speak.
    good example. I asked because the target in polish education is to be communicative and not necessarly correct. So be prepare to hear the sentences like "if I good remember" more often (don't blame me, I'm not an English teacher)

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

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you said "If I good remember" to me, I would assume that I had misheard and that you meant to say "If I could remember". If you said "If I remember good ..." I would understand perfectly but I would know you were a non-native speaker.

    I would avoid "If I good remember" if I were you. Forget it!
    thanks for this, now I know how you feel when you hear the sentence from the topic

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

    Quote Originally Posted by wojtek_himself View Post
    Thanks for this, now I know how you feel when you hear the sentence from the topic.
    Good example. I asked because the target in Polish education is to be communicative and not necessarily correct. So be prepared to hear the sentences like "if I good remember" more often (don't blame me, I'm not an English teacher).

    Please see the amendments I have made to your last two posts, shown above in red. Remember that you must start every new sentence with a capital letter and end every sentence with a single appropriate punctuation mark.

    We may well hear "I good remember" more often. We will continue to be puzzled by it and then correct it when we realise what the person is trying to say.
    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?

    Quote Originally Posted by wojtek_himself View Post
    I asked because the target in pPolish education is to be communicative and not necessarily correct. So be prepared to hear the sentences like "if I good remember" more often
    The problem with that particular example is that incorrect English impedes communication.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please see the amendments I have made to your last two posts, shown above in red. Remember that you must start every new sentence with a capital letter and end every sentence with a single appropriate punctuation mark.
    OK guys, you proved that you are teachers, no doubts

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

    Quote Originally Posted by wojtek_himself View Post
    OK guys, you proved that you are teachers, no doubts
    Were you testing us?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Were you testing us?
    Not at all, I wrote it instead of writing "sorry for my errors". Now I have to write: sorry that it was not funny . But at least I tried.
    In general I'm profoundly grateful for learning how to use correctly "if I remember correctly" sentence and avoid "Polish English" language.

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

    I don't recommend the Shakespearean 'An I mistake me not'. (Still less the IRC version AIMMN. )

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

    wojtek_himself, you're right, the education system has changed in that respect. I remember when I had English at school it was mostly about grammar, writing and being correct. Result? Students wouldn't speak for fear of making a mistake or by the time they had come up with a decent sentence the audience were snoring.

    That's why I think these days they're putting more stress on actually having people talk and focus on being communicative. The sad thing is, that some take being communicative as the ultimate goal. To me, it's a start.
    Last edited by nyota; 13-Mar-2013 at 01:38.

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