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Session 36

Welcome to English In A Minute. Give us a minute and we'll give you a hot tip about English. Grammar, vocabulary... there's so much to learn! And all taught by your favourite BBC Learning English staff!

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Remember vs remind

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Dan discusses the differences between remember and remind. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Remember vs remind

Both remember and remind are verbs of memory but they are not the same.

Remember is about having a memory. It has two verb patterns with a big difference in meaning.

Remember + (verb)ing
Remember + (verb)ing is used when we remember something from the past. First the action happens and later we remember it happening.

  • I remember meeting you at a party ten years ago.
  • She doesn't remember visiting us last year.

Remember + full infinitive
Remember + full infinitive verb is used to remember something that must be done in the future. First we think of the thing we need to remember and later we do the action.

  • I must remember to do my shopping later.
  • Remember to close the windows before you leave.

Remind means make someone remember. Its verb pattern is remind + somebody + full infinitive verb. Something can also remind you (or someone) of something.

  • You must remind me to do my shopping.
  • He's always reminding me to keep hold of my keys.
  • That smell reminds me of my mother cooking.
  • London reminds me of my home city.


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