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    Thumbs down I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

    1.I remember to lock the door. Here does the sentence express the future event like (I remember to lock the door = I remember that I have to/should lock the door) ?
    2.I remember locking the door. Here does the sentence express the past event or completed work like (I remember locking the door = I remember that I locked the door/I have locked the door)? please explain grammatically.

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    Re: I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

    If ''remember'' is used with statements we are going to do, it takes ''infinitive''.
    On the other hand, if it means forgetting something in the past, it takes ''gerund''.
    Examples:
    -Do you remember(recall) our being stuck in the mud with the car last year? I also remember(recall) clearly your losing your temper.
    -Please remember(don't forget) to tell him that I will be waiting at our usual cafe at 3 o'clock. -Okay, I won't forget(will remember) to give him your message.

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    Re: I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Babai View Post
    1. I remember to lock the door. Here does the sentence express the future event like (I remember to lock the door = I remember that I have to/should lock the door) ?
    2. I remember locking the door. Here does the sentence express the past event or completed work like (I remember locking the door = I remember that I locked the door/I have locked the door)? please explain grammatically.
    1. No, it's present tense. It means you're remembering to lock the door.
    2. Yes, it's past.

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    Re: I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

    Quote Originally Posted by lfthnLl View Post
    If ''remember'' is used with statements we are going to do, it takes the infinitive.
    On the other hand, if it means forgetting something in the past, it takes ''gerund''. 'Remember' can't mean 'forgetting something'.
    Examples:
    -Do you remember(recall) our being stuck in the mud with the car last year? I also remember(recall) clearly your losing your temper.
    -Please remember(don't forget) to tell him that I will be waiting at our usual cafe at 3 o'clock. -Okay, I won't forget(will remember) to give him your message.
    IfthnLI, please read this extract from the Posting Guidel​ines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1. No, it's present tense. It means you're remembering to lock the door.
    2. Yes, it's past.
    Still i do not understand the first sentence you mentioned as present tense.can you explain it in more detail please?

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    Re: I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

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    Still i do not understand the first sentence you mentioned as present tense.can you explain it in more detail please?
    1.I remember to lock the door. Here does the sentence express the future event like (I remember to lock the door = I remember that I have to/should lock the door) ?
    All the sentences I've labelled in blue are in the present tense. The main clause in each is "I remember" which is present tense. So is the subordinate clause, "I have to/should lock the door".
    If you just say, "I have to lock the door", that's still present tense, but it could refer to the future depending on the context.

    If you need further explanation, you'll have to say what you don't understand.


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    Thumbs down Re: I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1.I remember to lock the door. Here does the sentence express the future event like (I remember to lock the door = I remember that I have to/should lock the door) ?
    All the sentences I've labelled in blue are in the present tense. The main clause in each is "I remember" which is present tense. So is the subordinate clause, "I have to/should lock the door".
    If you just say, "I have to lock the door", that's still present tense, but it could refer to the future depending on the context.

    If you need further explanation, you'll have to say what you don't understand.

    I do not understand ''If you just say, "I have to lock the door", that's still present tense, but it could refer to the future depending on the context.'' how is it possible that 'have to' refers to present tense cause here i have to lock the door means i do not complete the work. can you explain it in more detail please? source:http://www.grammaring.com/to-infinit...go-on-stop-try

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    Re: I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Babai View Post
    I do not understand ''If you just say, "I have to lock the door", that's still present tense, but it could refer to the future depending on the context.'' how is it possible that 'have to' refers to present tense cause here i have to lock the door means i do not complete the work. can you explain it in more detail please? source:http://www.grammaring.com/to-infinit...go-on-stop-try
    "I have to ..." does not refer to present tense; it is present tense.The speaker has a present/general obligation. What the speaker is obliged to do will occur in the future.

    I am locking the door, because I have to lock the door. Present tense, - present/general obligation - present-time act of locking.
    When I go out later, I will lock the door, because I have to lock the door. -Present tense - present/general obligation - future-time act of locking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "I have to ..." does not refer to present tense; it is present tense.The speaker has a present/general obligation. What the speaker is obliged to do will occur in the future.

    I am locking the door, because I have to lock the door. Present tense, - present/general obligation - present-time act of locking.
    When I go out later, I will lock the door, because I have to lock the door. -Present tense - present/general obligation - future-time act of locking.
    If i say 'I shall lock the door' still it is present tense according to you? then what is the difference between present and future tense? please explain it grammatically?

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    Re: I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Babai View Post
    If i say 'I shall lock the door' still it is present tense according to you? then what is the difference between present and future tense? please explain it grammatically?
    Technically 'shall' is present tense, like 'may', 'can', 'will' and (these days) 'must'.

    Most grammarians today feel that English does not have a future tense. We express futurity in a number of ways, including:

    Present simple: Emma flies to Prague next Friday.
    Present continuous: Emma is flying to Prague next Friday
    Present continuous of GO + to- infinitive: Emma is going to fly to Prague next Friday.
    Modal + bare infinitive: Emma will/may fly to Prague next Friday.
    Modal + (bare) progressive infinitive: Emma will/may be flying to Prague next Friday.

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