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Please, someone explain me the difference between "to remember" and "to remind" through some usual sentences to compare. Thanks !!
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"I remember my first boyfriend" has a person as direct object.
So does "Do you remember me?"

As Einsein said (I think it was him): "Things should be as simple as possible, but not any simpler."

I'm not saying that anyone is wrong here. It's only that sometimes one tends to oversimplify things hoping that will be more helpful but it may not always work.

Whenever I post a response here, I can't help thinking that the person who asked the question may have to use that response in an exam or in some other similar (formal) situation, that's why I try to be as accurate as possible. It seems I sound a bit complicated sometimes, but I would hate to feel responsible for anyone's mistakes.

I hope that made sense. Emotion: smile

Miriam
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'Reminding' is an act that happens before 'remembering'. In one sense of the word, 'remind' means 'to keep someone from forgetting'-->"Remind me to take my medicine." 'Reminding' helps someone 'remember'. In another sense, 'remind' means 'to make you think of something similar' or 'to call into consciousness something specific from the past'-->"That song reminds me of being in high school." "He reminds me of a flea: small and irritating." When you remember, something from the past (from two seconds ago to 200 years ago, if you live that long) pops into your head. You don't need to be reminded to remember--it can just happen on its own. Figure this one out: "Remind me again about that time you remembered reminding me of remembering to write her a reminder." By the way, you cannot 'remember' someone to do something. That's where 'remind' comes in. WRONG: Remember me to change the fishtank filter. RIGHT: Remind me to change the fishtank filter.

Hope this helps.
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Here's a simple rule:

"Remind" takes a person as an object. (If I forget to tell him before we leave, remind me.)

"Remember" takes a thing or a clause as an object, or no object. (I remembered to tell him, and he remembered his keys. Do you remember?)

Exception: "Remember me to your family" which means "Give your family my regards" (with the implication: "It's been a long time since they've seen me; don't let them forget me")
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