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    forget the punchline

    Jake had forgotten the punchline.
    Does it mean "Jake wanted to say the punchline but he had forgotten it" or "Jake forgot to say the punchline" ?

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    Re: forget the punchline

    It means he wanted to say the punchline, but unfortunately he had forgotten it.

    However, it is worth noting that I don't know this from the grammar; I know it from the context of the actual situation.

    I mean, who on earth tells a joke and gets right up to the punchline, and then simply "forgets" to finish it and walks away? Think about it.


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