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    Cool remember to & remember + 'ing'

    Hi,

    Is there a difference between remember to do something & remember doing something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Is there a difference between remember to do something & remember doing something?
    Yes, there is a difference.
    I must remember to watch the eclipse of the moon next week. (want to watch it in the future)
    I remember watching the eclipse of the moon four years ago. (watched it in the past)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Yes, there is a difference.
    I must remember to watch the eclipse of the moon next week. (want to watch it in the future)
    I remember watching the eclipse of the moon four years ago. (watched it in the past)
    Hi there 2006,
    I totally agree but "remember to do something" can also be in the past (I remembered to call my mum on her birthday last week), so your explanation is a little simplified (although I completely understand why ).
    I'm sure I don't have to reinvent the wheel here...does somebody know a good link with a comprehensive explanation for this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    Hi there 2006,
    I totally agree but "remember to do something" can also be in the past (I remembered to call my mum on her birthday last week), so your explanation is a little simplified (although I completely understand why ).
    I'm sure I don't have to reinvent the wheel here...does somebody know a good link with a comprehensive explanation for this?
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    hi fiona
    Of course you used "remembered", while I stuck with the verb forms that bieasy asked about.
    Last edited by 2006; 03-Dec-2007 at 00:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    hi fiona
    Of course you used "remembered", while I stuck with the verb forms that bieasy asked about.
    Fair enough, but....I don't think I'd be too far off in assuming bieasy was questioning the difference between the gerund object and the infinitive object, not the tense
    Fiona

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    Re-hi:

    First I'd like to thank you all for the help. So are these sentences correct?

    I can remember playing with the kids in the park.

    I remember seeing the flying saucer

    And what about:

    I will remember to call him.

    But: I remembered to do pick up the kids at school. ---> correct??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Re-hi:

    First I'd like to thank you all for the help. So are these sentences correct?

    I can remember playing with the kids in the park.

    I remember seeing the flying saucer

    And what about:

    I will remember to call him.

    But: I remembered to do pick up the kids at school. ---> correct??
    I remembered to pick up the kids at school

    They are technically correct but it would depend on the context. You are right in that "remember" + "to" is often about responsibilities or duties (such as picking up your kids at school) but in another situation that same context could be about the mental action of remembering or not remembering ("remember" + "ing"): I remember picking up the kids at school but I can't remember what I did after that!

    Oh boy!

    Fiona

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    I remembered to pick up the kids at school

    They are technically correct but it would depend on the context. You are right in that "remember" + "to" is often about responsibilities or duties (such as picking up your kids at school) but in another situation that same context could be about the mental action of remembering or not remembering ("remember" + "ing"): I remember picking up the kids at school but I can't remember what I did after that!

    Oh boy!

    Fiona
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Thank you!

    My pleasure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    My pleasure!

    Just a curiosity about the previous thread, Fiona! What do you mean by "Oh boy!" Is it something like: "see you"?

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