December 31

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Forget to do vs. Forget doing

 

Hi everyone, you’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for people who want to improve their English.

I’m Kristian, your host, and in this episode we’re talking about the difference between ‘forget to do’ and ‘forget doing’.

So the first one is ‘forget + infinitive’ and the second one is ‘forget + -ing verb’.

Listen carefully to these two examples:

I forgot to write the email to my colleague.

I forgot writing the email to my colleague.

Notice the difference in the way that I said these examples.

When we use the word ‘forget + the infinitive with to’, it means you were supposed to do something but you didn’t actually do it.

So I was supposed to write the email, but I didn’t.

However, when we use the word ‘forget followed by an -ing verb’, it means that you did do something, but you have no memory of it, you don’t remember doing it.

So I did write the email, but I don’t recall it.

Did you get it? I think you got it. But if not, no worries. You can listen to this episode again while reading the transcript on my website.

All right, that’s all for today.

Take care of yourself, and each other, and I’ll speak to you on the podcast soon, but for now it’s time to say bye bye!

About the author 

Kristian

Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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