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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:07:18 AM
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Hello,

A. I forget my lines.
B. I forgot my lines.
C. I have forgotten my lines.
(self-made sentence)

Which one(s) would an actor murmur to himself if he happened to forget his lines on stage?
I vote A and B.

Thank you
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:42:12 AM

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Hello onsen.
As a quick answer - probably "I've forgotten my lines." Possibly "I forgot my lines!"d'oh!
To be more honest - what would actually appear in the mind would just be the concept "forget" or "not-know" and the concept "script" or "lines".
When one is thinking at normal speed, actual words, tenses and so on are too slow.

As a much longer answer (if you are interested):

"Forget" and "remember" are slightly unusual verbs.
They are direct opposites, but tend to use different tenses/aspects.

It is very, very unusual to hear the progressive aspects for either of them
I am forgetting what you said.
I am remembering the time when we last met.


It is unusual to hear the simple present of 'forget', but it is common for 'remember'.
I forget who said it.
I don't remember who said it.
I remember who said it.


It is very common to hear the perfect aspect of 'forget', but less common for 'remember'.
I have forgotten where my keys are.
Now I remember where my keys are.

Now I have remembered where my keys are.

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You will usually hear:
I have forgotten. . .
I remember. . .
I forgot . . .
I remembered. . .


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:17:03 AM
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Now this is a sentence I use very frequently.:Sick

"I've forgotten my lines!" . But usually when I say it, it has some exclamation in front of it! (e.g: Oh god! I've forgotten my lines.)Anxious

(In fact, no doubt I'll be saying it on Saturday night because today is Wednesday and I still haven't learnt them!)Boo hoo!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:43:47 AM

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Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
onsen
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:22:29 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:



You guessed it right!

No, no, I haven't reached this stage yet.
Maybe X decades later.
TMe
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:22:30 AM

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I am a layman.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 12:43:50 PM
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