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    If I remember correct

    Is the usage 'if I remember correct' correct? If you google it, it is seen to be extensively used. Why is it considered incorrect by some people?

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    Re: If I remember correct

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    It should be "If I remember correctly". We mostly use adverbs to describe verbs. It may just be lazy speech that has been repeated often enough for some folks to think it's correct.

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    Re: If I remember correct

    Quote Originally Posted by kalyanikurup View Post
    Is the usage 'if I remember correct' correct? If you google it, it is seen to be extensively used. Why is it considered incorrect by some people?
    On Google, "If I remember correct" gets 5,800,000 hits, while the correct version "If I remember correctly" gets 111,000,000 hits. That is quite a difference.

    A Google Ngram shows the difference graphically: Google Ngram Viewer

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    Re: If I remember correct

    You can also go for other options like "if my memory does not fail me", but I feel this one is far more formal, as well as possibly a tad outdated (native speakers will make it clearer).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: If I remember correct

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    You can also go for other options like "if my memory does not fail me", but I feel this one is far more formal, as well as possibly a tad outdated (native speakers will make it clearer).
    Also, "If my memory serves me correctly" could be used.

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    Re: If I remember correct

    It's also phrased as "if my memory serves me correctly". It is​ indeed a tad outdated, and sounds a bit contrived these days.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: If I remember correct

    If you hear that phrase spoken, it will probably be shortened to "If memory serves...".

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    Re: If I remember correct

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    If you hear that phrase spoken, it will probably be shortened to "If memory serves...".
    Sometimes, yes.

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    Re: If I remember correct

    In BrE, "If I remember rightly ..."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: If I remember correct

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    On Google, "If I remember correct" gets 5,800,000 hits, while the correct version "If I remember correctly" gets 111,000,000 hits. That is quite a difference.

    A Google Ngram shows the difference graphically: Google Ngram Viewer
    I haven't tried this Ngram before. Isn't this a worry?:
    Google Trends

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