Lesson 45 verbs after “remember”

Choose the correct answers:

  1. Mei and Johnny have been married for ten years.  Johnny still remembers __________ (to carry, carrying) Mei over the threshold of their new home on their wedding day.
  2. Mei also remembers __________(to put, putting) salt instead of sugar in the first dessert she made for Johnny.
  3. Since that incident, Mei has always remembered __________ (to place, placing) the sugar and the salt on separate shelves.

Explain:

The verb “remember” can be followed by both an infinitive (to + base verb) and a gerund (verb-ing), with very different meanings.

remember + to + base verb (infinitive):  remember before the action

remember + verb-ing (gerund):  remember after the action; the action was already performed in the past.

  • In Sentence #1, remember + gerund. Johnny carried Mei over the threshold. It happened, and Johnny still remembers that.  “Remembering” occurs after “carrying”.
  • In Sentence #2, remember + gerund. Mei put salt instead of sugar in the dessert.  It happened, and Mei still remembers that incident. “Remembering” occurs after “putting”.
  • In Sentence #3, remember + infinitive. When Mei places the salt and the sugar, she reminds herself to put them on different shelves. “Remembering” occurs before “placing”.

 

Review:

When Johnny left home in the morning, Mei said, “Remember __________ (to stop, stopping) by the post office. When Johnny came back home after work, he could not find the stamps he had brought.  “Strange! I remember __________ (to buy, buying) them and __________ (to put, putting) them in my wallet. Why aren’t they there now?”

 

 

Answers:

carrying; putting; to place

to stop; buying; putting

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