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From time to time I can hear this sentence: "If I good remember...". I find it incorrect, I use "If I remember well.." in such situation.
Could you tell me please if my intuition in this matter is right? Is "If I good remember..." sentence used by native speakers?
Also, people of a certain age say 'If I remember aright' [sic - one of the many 'a-' words that have passed on, leaving only a few stragglers like away and ajar.
I think that, in Br English, the word 'well' in the context of memory is more commonly used as a reinforcer of accuracy: 'I well remember the time in the sixties when I first heard the song If Your Memory Serves You Well and thought "That's a funny use of 'well' - I suppose it's American".
Are you sure you're not hearing "If I could remember ..."?
I say "If I remember rightly ..." - the phrase used by members of both sides of my family and so the one I grew up hearing.
You're OK, 5jj - I entirely approve of the use of "lest" and frequently use it myself. Your advancing years (your words, not mine) only serve to add to your wisdom.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
5jj & BobK,
Thank you for your tips, I appreciate it.
One more question: I changed my original sentence "If I remember well" to "if I well remember". Would you consider this sentence as proper?
Neither of them is natural.
Coming back to "if I good remember" : is it at least understandable to be communicative for native speakers?
"If I recall correctly" or "If I remember correctly" is so common that "IIRC" is understood as an abbreviation in "chat" speak.