New answers tagged

5

There is a closer use to your examples , but it may be only UK English, which has more circumlocution. Example .1. "I don't remember if ..." I don't remember if I've ever watched that film: the book was so vivid. I don't remember if Jeremy was there; I only had eyes for his sister. And .2. for the more emphatic sense: "I would have remembered." ...


11

The first one is simply wrong. The second is grammatically correct but very awkward. You would say "I don't remember ever watching that film." and "I've never watched that film in my life." The second is more emphatic and sure-sounding. In the first, you're allowing for the possibility that you have watched it but can't remember doing so at the ...


6

How NOT to create your own company sounds better to my ears.


-1

Well, to be honest , there is no such rule. They are just called 'shorthands'. We use them to make our meaning clear and as short as possible. Shorthand — M-W noun 2. a short or quick way of showing or saying something


1

I think that anytime that it is clear from the context, we omit words. Example: Someone says "Can you help me out?" I don't have to answer "It's no problem for me to help you out" — it is sufficient to say "No problem". It is understood from the context that "It's" no problem because the word "it's" clearly refers back to what the speaker asked. ...



Top 50 recent answers are included