Other Ways to Say “I Remember”

Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at 10 other ways to say “I remember”. Learn how to talk about memory and remembering in English here.

Here is the list:

  1. As (far as) I recall
  2. It rings a bell
  3. I’ll never forget 
  4. If I’m not mistaken
  5. I have a vague recollection/memory
  6. If I remember correctly
  7. On the tip of my tongue
  8. If my memory serves me well
  9. Stick in my mind
  10. Come back to

As (far as) I recall 

Meaning: use the phrase to tell someone what you remember about something.

  • She was wearing a green jacket, as I recall.
  • As far as I recall, we were having lunch in a cafe near the Eiffel Tower.

It rings a bell

Meaning: when something sounds familiar but you can’t remember.

  • I’ve seen that face before but the name doesn’t ring a bell.
  • Does the name Roberta Nicholson ring a bell?

I’ll never forget

Meaning: use the phrase to say that you will always remember something because it was special.

  • I’ll never forget the day when my daughter was born.
  • I’ll never forget our excursion to the Greek island when Michael proposed to me.

If I’m not mistaken/unless I’m mistaken

Meaning: use it as an introductory phrase before saying something you think is correct or true.

  • If I’m not mistaken, you must be Mrs Johnson from Technicom Computers.
  • Unless I’m mistaken, the family we were sharing the holiday house with had two children, a boy and a girl.

I have a vague recollection/memory

Meaning: when you remember something but not completely.

  • I can’t remember very well, but I have a vague recollection of flying above the Alps.
  • I have a vague memory of my dad teaching me to ride a bike when I was five.

If I remember correctly

Meaning: use the phrase when you are trying to remember something but you are not sure if it is correct or precise.

  • If I remember correctly, I was supposed to call you at 8.
  • If I remember correctly, your birthday is in June?

On the tip of my tongue

Meaning: when you forgot something but you feel as if you’re beginning to remember it.

  • I can’t remember the name of Lucy’s sister but it’s on the tip of my tongue.
  • That complicated long is on the tip of my tongue.

If my memory serves me well

Meaning: use the phrase to say that you believe you remember something well.

  • If my memory serves me well, your wife is Italian, isn’t she?
  • Celia used to work as a teacher if my memory serves me well.

Stick in my mind

Meaning: when you remember something for a long time.

  • The night of the earthquake still sticks in my mind clearly after all these years.
  • The expression on her face stuck in my mind for a long time.

Come (back) to me

Meaning: to come to your mind through memory.

  • The scene from my childhood came to me while I was driving to work.
  • Whenever the memory of our honeymoon comes back to me, I want to hug you.
Other Ways to Say “I Remember”
Other Ways to Say “I Remember”

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