I remember to lock the door vs I remember locking the door

Discussion in 'English Only' started by roky0071, May 18, 2013.

  1. roky0071 Member

    bangla
    1.I remember to lock the door. Here does the sentence express the future event like (I remember to lock the door = I remember that I have to/should lock the door) ?
    2.I remember locking the door. Here does the sentence express the past event or completed work like (I remember locking the door = I remember that I locked the door/I have locked the door)? please explain grammatically.
     
  2. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    1 is a statement about general practice, not a specific event.
    2 is a statement about a specific completed event.
     
  3. wandle

    wandle Senior Member

    London
    English - British
    Yes. Sentence (1) shows the present simple tense being used to express a habit.
    In the above example, 'I remember' means 'I habitually (or 'regularly') remember.
     

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