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:
- As (far as) I recall
- It rings a bell
- I’ll never forget
- If I’m not mistaken
- I have a vague recollection/memory
- If I remember correctly
- On the tip of my tongue
- If my memory serves me well
- Stick in my mind
- 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.
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