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    Proper use of I forget?

    Is it proper to say "I forget" when I'm unable to remember something? I've been told I must say "I forgot".

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    Re: Proper use of I forget?

    Welcome, mbeth.

    forgot refers to a thing (i.e., past information), whereas forget refers to time (i.e., at the moment):

    Max: What's the homework assignment?
    Sam: I forget (at the moment).
    Pat: I forgot (what the teacher said).

    Pat: I forget your name. <It's on the tip of my tongue>
    Pat: I forgot your name. <I used to know it>

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