Speaker A: Hearing your father's records makes you forget about death because it makes you feel as if he's still alive. As if death doesn't really exist--wait, that doesn't make sense. Thinking about death not existing is also thinking about death."

Speaker B: Yeah, and you forget/forgot I don't even remember when he was alive.

What's makes more sense in this case? forget or forgot?

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    'are forgetting'. Though there is a problem with this example. The first 'your' etc seem generic (When one hears one's father's records ...), but Speaker B is certainly referencing a definite person. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 13 '15 at 9:16

makes you feel as if he 's still alive

in the question is present tense

A more reasonable answer seems to me:


Speaker B: But you seem to forget I don't even remember the time when he was alive.

with the main also in present tense.

  • It is the second forget. Speaker A is talking in present time, but forgets that speaker B does not even remember. – mplungjan Apr 13 '15 at 9:23
  • OK, I adjusted the answer to that. – Marius Hancu Apr 13 '15 at 9:29

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