Remembering things

Do you have a good memory? You can probably remember many things from the past. These are ten phrases that English people use when they are recalling things from the past.

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. I remember...
  2. I can (clearly) remember...
  3. I'll never forget...
  4. As far as I can remember...
  5. As I recall...
  6. If I remember correctly...
  7. If I'm not / Unless I'm - mistaken...
  8. Now I come to think of it...
  9. I have a vague recollection of...
  10. It's on the tip of my tongue.
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. We use phrases 1, 2, 3 and 9 with a noun phrase or gerund after the phrase.
  2. We follow phrases 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 with a whole sentence or clause.
  3. Phrases 4, 5, 6 7 and 9 are for things that we don't remember very well. We have some memory of the event but it is not complete.
  4. Phrases 2 and 4 are for things that we have a very good memory of with many details.
  5. We use phrase 8 when we didn't remember much at first but then a clearer memory came back. We introduce our more accurate story with this phrase.
  6. We use phrase 10 for a name or piece of information that we can't remember but we think that we almost have it and that if we keep thinking hard, it will come back.
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