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Confusing words: remember/remind

Here’s an entry on two words that very often confuse learners of English. In Spanish and Catalan both verbs ‘remind’ and ‘remember’ are mostly covered by recuerda (Spanish) and record (Catalan) like in Recuerdo haber dejado las llaves sobre la mesa or Recuérdale a Jorge que llame a su madre. However, in English here we’d use different verbs, I remember leaving the keys on top of the table and Remind Jorge to call his mother. Things can even get a little worse in the case of ‘remember’ and its different verb patterns that change the meaning like in the examples below.

I remember leaving my keys on the table. (I have a mental picture of me doing this in the past)

I remembered to leave my keys on the table. (I didn’t forget to do this)

If you click on the lesson, you’ll get a short presentation on how to use both verbs. Afterwards, you can practise by doing activity below.

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Confusing words REMIND - REMEMBER

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Could you ... me how to log in?

She ... him to drive slowly.

I keep forgetting where I put my list, but I can ...  now.

... me to your aunt, will you? (give her my regards)

I ...  to make the appointment.

His wife ...  him of his duty with his kids.

I'm sorry! I can't ...  your name.

I've just ... the name of that group! It's Alter Bridge.

I ... visiting my grandparents when I was little. (I have these memories of past times)

... me to stop at the pharmacy on the way home. (don't let me forget)

Visitors are ...that taking pictures is not allowed.

When you laugh, you ... me of your father.


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