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    is/was and correct answer

    'What is/was the title of the movie you saw yesterday?''

    First, should it be 'is' or 'was' in the question?

    Secondly, which answer should I choose?

    a. I forget.
    b. I forgot.
    c. I have forgotten.

    I think (c) is correct.

    Thanks.

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    Re: is/was and correct answer

    You can use either is or was here - the film continues to exist so the present is acceptable.

    Of the answers, #a or #c are both acceptable. #a is probably more colloquial.

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    Cool Re: is/was and correct answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
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    Of the answers, #a or #c are both acceptable. #a is probably more colloquial.
    To me, #a is not acceptable, whereas #b and #c are.

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    Re: is/was and correct answer

    Have you never been asked a question about something and said "I forget"? It really is quite usual here.



    In the context of the question, #b is not correct since the question is being asked now and therefore the expected answer will also be about the state of remembering now.

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    Re: is/was and correct answer

    I do think answer a. is possible as Anglika suggested. If I choose to reply "I donít remember," doesnít this amount to saying "I forget." Most people would probably say "Iíve forgot(ten)."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    I do think answer a. is possible as Anglika suggested. If I choose to reply "I donít remember," doesnít this amount to saying "I forget." Most people would probably say "Iíve forgot(ten)."
    Believe or not, but this is the first time I have been told about such usage of the verb forget.

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    Re: is/was and correct answer

    We live and learn

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