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    Aren't you forgetting anything?

    Aren't you forgetting anything?
    I'd like to know why the present participle form works there.

    IMO, forget is a verb that, most time, doesn't go with -ing form. It's a perceptive verb and stative.


    Yes, you forget to give me the paycheck.

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    Re: Aren't you forgetting anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    I'd like to know why the present participle form works there.

    IMO, forget is a verb that, most time, doesn't go with -ing form. It's a perceptive verb and stative.


    Yes, you forget to give me the paycheck.
    You are right about the grammar theory on the word "forget" but this partcular sentence is a different thing.
    I think it should read:
    Aren't you forgetting something?

    It's a phrase one would use when you are giving the person a little hint and a nudge to see if they remember what it is they are forgetting.


    ex. I am almost out the door when my sister stops me to say:

    -Aren't you forgetting something?
    -Oh, yeah, my driver's license, of course. Again!

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    Re: Aren't you forgetting anything?

    It's fine. It's a continuous verb form (be + ing):

    You are forgetting something, aren't you?
    You aren't forgetting anything, are you?

    Use 'something' with affirmative verbs, as Marylin suggests , and use 'anything' with negative verbs.

    Post tag: You are forgetting something, aren't you?
    Pre-tag: Aren't you forgetting something?


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    Thanks! Cassy and Marylin!

    Thank you for the confirmation about my grammar point, Marylin.

    About sentence patterns, as Cassy pointed out, there are post tag and pre-tag. Usually I would view the following pattern as a negative sentence. That's why I used "anything".

    "Don't you agree?"
    What a horror! Is that a positive sentence?


    Which is correct?
    1- Are you not forgetting anything?
    2- Are you not forget something?

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    Re: Thanks! Cassy and Marylin!

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Which is correct?
    1- Are you not forgetting anything?
    2- Are you not forget something?
    Aren't you forgetting something? "forget" is a verb, so when it occurs in combination with a form of Be, it takes -ing:

    2-Are you not forgetting something?

    Consider,

    Are you forgetting anything? (non-specific)
    Are you forgetting something? (specific)

    Are you not a lawyer or something?
    Are you not a lawyer or anything?


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    Re: Aren't you forgetting anything?

    Are you not a lawyer or anything?
    I can be anything. LOL!


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    Re: Aren't you forgetting anything?

    Thanks, that's a good example. I was rolling on the floor laughing.


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    Re: Thanks! Cassy and Marylin!

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Aren't you forgetting something? "forget" is a verb, so when it occurs in combination with a form of Be, it takes -ing:

    2-Are you not forgetting something?

    Consider,

    Are you forgetting anything? (non-specific)
    Are you forgetting something? (specific)

    Are you not a lawyer or something?
    Are you not a lawyer or anything?


    Sorry, that was a typo.

    1- Are you forgetting anything? (non-specific)
    2- Are you forgetting something? (specific)

    Cassie, I'd like to know what is your standard to discriminate from non-specific to specific. I think it depends on the context we have. I agree with the specific one. But "Are you forgetting anything" could be specific if the speaker is using a sarcastic tone to remind his friend that *something* is missing.


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    Re: Thanks! Cassy and Marylin!

    To me, specific refers to known, or specified, whereas non-specific refers to unknown, or unspecified, which can be made specific:

    Pat: What do you want to eat?
    Sam: Anything that's good.

    Language is fluid. It fits all containers.


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    Re: Aren't you forgetting anything?

    Agreed.

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