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    have difficulty remembering

    I’m a bit confused by the use of the following sentence pattern:

    I sometimes have trouble remembering ______________________________.

    1. whether I did my homework or not
    2. whether I do my homework or not
    3. whether I have done my homework or not
    4. whether I took my medicine or not
    5. whether I locked the door of my house or not as I went out

    In the noun clause, should its verb tense use simple present, simple past, or present perfect tense?
    Last edited by teechar; 04-Oct-2017 at 16:21. Reason: typo

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    Re: have difficulty remembering

    .... and they all need a final punctuation mark.

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    Re: have difficulty remembering

    I agree with Piscean that context is important. The present simple would be possible in, for example, the following sentence.

    I sometimes have trouble remembering whether Jenny lives in that building or not.

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    Re: have difficulty remembering

    I also get confused by similar questions as follows. Are the sentences below possible or acceptable?


    1. I sometimes have trouble remembering what I should do next.
    2. I sometimes have trouble remembering to bring my homework home.
    3. I sometimes have trouble remembering if I brought my homework to school.



    1. In my opinion, #1 should be corrected as:
      I sometimes have trouble knowing what I should do next.
    2. In #2, it implies that I often forget to bring my homework home, including past, now, and even in the future.
    3. In #3, it implies that I only forgot to bring my homework to school in the past.


    Are my points above correct?

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    Re: have difficulty remembering

    In No. 1, "remembering" is more natural than "knowing".
    No. 3 happens habitually, not just in the past. It is about recalling what one has done earlier.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: have difficulty remembering

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    I also get confused by similar questions as follows. Are the sentences below possible or acceptable?


    1. I sometimes have trouble remembering what I should do next.
    2. I sometimes have trouble remembering to bring my homework home.
    3. I sometimes have trouble remembering if I brought my homework to school.



    1. In my opinion, #1 should be corrected as:
      I sometimes have trouble knowing what I should do next.
    2. In #2, it implies that I often forget to bring my homework home, including past, now, and even in the future.
    3. In #3, it implies that I only forgot to bring my homework to school in the past.


    Are my points above correct?
    The first one should be corrected as:

    Sometimes I have trouble knowing what to do next (as you said)

    Or:

    Sometimes I have trouble deciding what to do next.

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    Re: have difficulty remembering

    Do you sometimes do your homework and forget to take it to school?

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