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    lost sight!!!

    Hello again
    ex: I never lost sight of my goal. i learned that this expression means; I never forget.
    can we use it like forget in any situation. I can give some examples, I wonder if i use it correctly or not:
    I'll never lose sight of you.(adressed to a person).
    He lost sight of our wonderful experiences together.
    I can't lose sight of my childhood friends.
    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Re: lost sight!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello again
    ex: I never lost sight of my goal. i learned that this expression means; I never forget.
    can we use it like forget in any situation. I can give some examples, I wonder if i use it correctly or not:
    I'll never lose sight of you.(adressed to a person).
    He lost sight of our wonderful experiences together.
    I can't lose sight of my childhood friends.
    Thanks a lot in advance.
    "I never lost sight of my goal." My goal was always in my mind, I could always visualize it.

    "I'll never lose sight of you." This doesn't mean the same, it means that I will always be able to see you physically.

    "He lost sight of our wonderful experiences together." This doesn't work.

    "I can't lose sight of my childhood friends." This means that it is difficult/impossible for you to let your friends out of your physical sight.


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    Re: lost sight!!!

    In your examples, I believe you can use the phrase to mean that you will retain a relationship or a memory of something. It does not have to mean physical sight, but also the conceptual mental sight of something, for instance:

    "I have lost sight of my ambition in life."

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    Re: lost sight!!!

    Not a teacher!

    Hi sara88,
    lose sight of (idiom) = overlook, fail to take into account, as in
    We must not lose sight of our main objective, or
    Beverly never lost sight of her humble beginnings.
    This metaphoric expression alludes to physical sight.

    lose sight of = not bear in mind

    For an antonym, see bear in mind.

    bear in mind (idiom) also, keep in mind. Remember, as in Bear in mind that I can't walk as fast as you, or
    Keep your constituency in mind when you speak.

    But if they take'er I swear I'll not lose sight of 'er.
    She mustn't lose sight of why she was here.
    Once you lose sight of land, you may as well be in space.
    Mr Hattersley said on LWT's Walden programme, that Labour should not lose sight of its egalitarian ideals.
    This is an illustration of the well-known problem of computer scientists becoming so enthralled with their own inventions that they lose sight of the needs of users.
    An observer watching such a collapse from a nearby star would lose sight of the collapsing object.
    But at the same time we must never lose sight of our over-riding duty to win elections".

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: lost sight!!!

    Thanks everyone for answering.
    I think unlike what was said by bhaisahab, the expression "lose sight" is not only used to mean physical sight but also mental one.
    I guess I agree with Vil, his/her examples made a lot sense to me. So if it's like you mentioned Vil; then my early examples are correct?!.
    I just found this in Cambridge dictionary, I want to share with you:
    "lose sight of
    to forget about an important idea or fact because you are thinking too much about other things:
    Some members of the peace-keeping force seem to have lost sight of the fact that they are there to help people.".
    Thanks a lot again.

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