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    #1

    forget his name

    Which of the following are correct with the given meanings:

    1-I forget his name.

    Meaning: I cannot recall his name. I do not remember his name.

    2-He forgets that man's name.

    Meaning: He cannot recall her name.

    3-I forgot his name when he came in through the door.

    Meaning: When he came in through the door, I could not recall his name. His name had escaped my memory.

    4-He forgot at that moment that he was the leader of a large enterprise.

    Meaning: He had forgotten at the moment that he was the leader of a large enterprise.

    5-She forgot just then that she had told a lie which contradicted what she was saying.

    Meaning: She had forgotten just then that she had told a lie which contradicted what she was saying.

    'Forget' could be a dynamic verb. '1' could mean 'I keep forgetting his name.' That is not the usage I have in mind. I want to see if these sentences would work if the stative meaning of 'forget' (be unable to recall) was intended.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: forget his name

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which of the following are correct with the given meanings:

    1-I forget his name.
    Meaning: I cannot recall his name. I do not remember his name.

    2-He forgets that man's name.
    Meaning: He cannot recall his name.

    3-I forgot his name when he came in through the door.
    Meaning: When he came in through the door, I could not recall his name. His name had escaped my memory.

    4-He forgot at that moment that he was the leader of a large enterprise.
    Meaning: He had forgotten at the moment that he was the leader of a large enterprise.

    5-She forgot just then that she had told a lie which contradicted what she was saying.
    Meaning: She had forgotten just then that she had told a lie which contradicted what she was saying.

    'Forget' could be a dynamic verb. '1' could mean 'I keep forgetting his name.' [No, it doesn't mean that. It just says that you can't remember now. Keep forgetting means repeatedly forget. "I keep forgetting" is the same as "I repeatedly forget."] That is not the usage I have in mind. I want to see if these sentences would work if the stative meaning of 'forget' (be unable to recall) was intended.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    You're welcome.

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    Re: forget his name

    Hi.
    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    3-I forgot his name when he came in through the door.
    Meaning: When he came in through the door, I could not recall his name. His name had escaped my memory.
    Isn't the underlined part a complete, independent sentence? Why do we have had there, please?

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    #4

    Re: forget his name

    It's the past perfect. The forgetting took place before the opening of the door.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: forget his name

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    2-He forgets that man's name.
    Meaning: He cannot recall her name.
    I would be more likely to use the present perfect when talking about someone else. I would use #1 when I couldn't remember the name at the time of speaking.

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    #6

    Re: forget his name

    I agree. I would only use "He forgets that man's name" if it was a regular occurrence - "He forgets that man's name every time he meets him!" My grandfather always used "I forget [now]" instead of "I've forgotten".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: forget his name

    The expression 'I forget his name', meaning 'I can't remember his name (on this one particular occasion)' does not sound natural with any other pronoun than 'I'.

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