I forgot /don't have my keys

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Happyweekend, May 6, 2014.

  1. Happyweekend Senior Member

    How's it going everyone?

    Suppose I need to go to the post office to get some stuff. I leave the house, go to the office and go back home. I get to my apartment. I realize I don't have my keys with me. Luckily, my roommate is home. So I knock the door, shouting, "Open up please. It's me,....."
    1. I don't have my keys.
    2. I forgot to bring my keys.
    3. I forgot my keys.

    I think all of them are correct grammatically. But which one would you expect to hear?
    I think 1. is more direct than 2. and 3.
    And 3 is probably preferred.

    What do you think? What would you say??

    Thank you!
    Have a nice day!
  2. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    2. is wrong because you didn't forget to bring your keys, you forgot to take them. Otherwise it doesn't matter in the slightest which you say.
  3. Biffo Senior Member

    English - England
    There a slight AE/BE difference.

    1. In BE we would probably say, "I haven't got my keys."
    3. In BE we would probably say, "I've forgotten my keys." or "I've left my keys [inside]."

    However whether you say the AE or the BE version you will be understood everywhere.
  4. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    I'd probably use #3.
  5. Sparky Malarky

    Sparky Malarky Moderator

    English - US
    I'd use #3 as well. Why? Because maybe your roommate's distractable. If I said "I don't have my keys" my roommate might ask "Why not?" I'd be thinking "What difference does it make? I'm cold! Open the door! We can talk about it when I get inside."

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