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    Exclamation I forgot / I forget / I have forgotten

    In a certain context, if say "Jack" asks "Mat" during conversation about a certain person whether he remembers him or not and "Mat" should say :

    1. I have forgotten.............
    2. I forgot.................

    Which is better for the situation and why?
    please i need help and I'm supposed to argue about the proper use of each one.
    what is the difference between theses two?
    in terms of semantics and in terms of grammar?

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    Re: I forgot / I forget / I have forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by MIC85 View Post
    In a certain context, if say "Jack" asks "Mat" during conversation about a certain person whether he remembers him or not and "Mat" should say :

    1. I have forgotten.............
    2. I forgot.................

    Which is better for the situation and why?
    please i need help and I'm supposed to argue about the proper use of each one.
    what is the difference between theses two?
    in terms of semantics and in terms of grammar?
    You could say 'I have forgotten what he looks like'. However, if the question is 'Do you remember X?' The response should be, 'Yes I do' or 'No I don't'.


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    Re: I forgot / I forget / I have forgotten

    Thanks, but actually there is no question its more like an ordinary conversation and this person ends up saying i have forgotten / i have forgot his name.
    so which is better for use in this situation and how can i differentiate between them in terms of grammar.
    meaning when can i use each one and how do they function.
    is there a rule?

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    Re: I forgot / I forget / I have forgotten

    Quote Originally Posted by MIC85 View Post
    Thanks, but actually there is no question its more like an ordinary conversation and this person ends up saying i have forgotten / i have forgot his name.
    so which is better for use in this situation and how can i differentiate between them in terms of grammar.
    meaning when can i use each one and how do they function.
    is there a rule?
    'I have forgotten...' is correct. This is present perfect tense; the verb 'to have' + the past participle of the verb 'to forget'.

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    Re: I forgot / I forget / I have forgotten

    Dear MIC,

    'I have forgotten/forgot his name' is correct, as our dear Bhai states,
    'I forgot his name' is correct too, in American English.


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