"forget" or "don't remember"

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I don't remember her name.
I forget her name.


Is the second sentence okay? If so, are the two interchangeable?
 

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Yes and yes. It's probably more common in American English to say "I can't remember her name," but either of your sentences is correct and natural.
 

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Also: 'I have forgotten her name'.
 

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My late grandfather (born 1921) always used to say "I forget" instead of "I can't remember". I don't think I hear it much these days.
 

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I forget her name.
I've forgotten her name.


Do the sentences above sound equally natural to the modern-day English speaker? Or is one of them more preferable? Or had I better stick to "can't remember" instead? :)
 

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I find "I've forgotten her name" and "I can't remember her name" most natural. "I don't remember her name" would be my next preference. I would understand "I forget her name", of course, but it would sound old-fashioned.
 
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I forget her name.
I've forgotten her name.


Do the sentences above sound equally natural to the modern-day English speaker? Or is one of them more preferable? Or had I better stick to "can't remember" instead? :)
Either one is fine in American English. We're more likely to use the second if forgetting her name is unexpected: ​We had a passionate love affair in college. I can't believe I've forgotten her name!
 
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