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    More natural, IMO, would be either I can't remember that or I don't remember that. (Susie also made a couple of good suggestions.)

    I think the abverb very much can be put either in front of or after the verb phrase (although putting it afterwards would be more common). Example: "I very much like my friends."

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    Default Re: Please help me explain the Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    Yes, it does. Thanks a lot. I agree that it sounds better reworded; but if you start picking students' literary efforts apart, they can become frustrated and start wondering if they will ever be able to write something "satisfactory".

    Funny, I had come to the same conclusion about remember. I wonder if there's such a thing as a list of verbs that don't lend themselves well to the present perfect.
    I have a list of verbs that don't lend themselves well to the progressive/continuous tense.
    I don't want to put you out, but would it be possible for you to send it to me?

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    Default Re: Please help me explain the Present Perfect

    Thanks a lot, Cas. Your explanation is going to help me explain this to him,
    You're welcome. :D

    ..., but I still think it would sound more natural in the present tense, as

    I can't remember that far back, or
    I'm not able to remember that time.
    Those work well, too; Given the context (i.e. when I was two), though, ".., but I was too young (at that time) to (be able to) remember" works even better. :D

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    Default Re: Please help me explain the Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Thanks a lot, Cas. Your explanation is going to help me explain this to him,
    You're welcome. :D

    ..., but I still think it would sound more natural in the present tense, as

    I can't remember that far back, or
    I'm not able to remember that time.
    Those work well, too; Given the context (i.e. when I was two), though, ".., but I was too young (at that time) to (be able to) remember" works even better. :D
    Good suggestion! Thanks. :D

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