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    I've forgotten where to put the keys...

    * I've forgotten where to put the keys.

    What does the sentence above mean?

    1. I've forgotten where I should put the keys.

    2. I've forgotten where I had put the keys.

    I think 'to infinitives with interrogative' has usually the future meaning.

    ex) I don't know where to go. = I don't know where I should go.
    I don't know when to start. = I don't know when I should start.

    I think the sentence suggested means 2.(the past meaning)
    But how can we distinguish between the two?
    What does the sentence below mean?

    * I asked him where to find the keys.

    1'. I asked him where I could find the keys. (the future meaning)

    2'. I asked him where he had find the keys. (the past meaning)

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: I've forgotten where to put the keys...

    It means that you have forgotten where the keys are supposed to go - where you should put the keys.

    You are pet sitting for a friend. She told you to leave the keys somewhere. You forgot where. You text her: All is well. Chloe has been fed. But I have forgotten where to put the keys."

    If you forgot where you put the keys, then "I forgot where I put the keys" is the way to say it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I've forgotten where to put the keys...

    Quote Originally Posted by pseudo View Post
    What does the sentence below mean?

    * I asked him where to find the keys.

    1'. I asked him where I could find the keys. (the future meaning)

    2'. I asked him where he had find the keys. (the past meaning)

    Thanks in advance.
    It means 1.

    2 grammatically would be "I ask him where he had found the keys."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I've forgotten where to put the keys...

    s1. I asked him where to find the keys.

    s2. I told him where to find the keys.

    I thinks the subjects of each 'to find' is semantically different.
    The s1's is 'I' and the s2's is 'him'
    Does this difference only depends on the types of verbs?

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    Re: I've forgotten where to put the keys...

    Quote Originally Posted by pseudo View Post
    s1. I asked him where to find the keys.

    s2. I told him where to find the keys.

    I thinks the subjects of each 'to find' is semantically different.
    The s1's is 'I' and the s2's is 'him' "he" not him when talking about a subject
    Does this difference only depends on the types of verbs?
    You're right:
    1. I asked [him] where {I could} find the keys.
    2. I told him where {he could} find the keys.

    However, I don't understand your question.

    Note that with "Does" you need the bare form of the verb - Does it depend, not Does it depends.
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    Re: I've forgotten where to put the keys...

    Thank you for your indication.
    Though it is very basic, I sometimes miss it.

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