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 English Vocabulary for learners 

Expressions: Remembering, Forgetting, I don't know

Here are some common phrases and expressions to say 'I remember', 'I forget' or 'I don't know''.


    • As I recall …
    • I seem to remember that …
    • If my memory serves me well …
    • Now that I come to think of it …
    • As far as I can remember …
    • That brings to mind …
    • If I’m not mistaken …
    • Unless I’m mistaken …
    • I have a vague recollection of …
    • That rings a bell.
    • I have memories of …
    • I can clearly/vivedly remember …
    • I distinctly remember …
    • I’ll never forget when …

    • I have no recollection of that.
    • I don’t recall that.
    • It (completely) slipped my mind.
    • I forgot all about it.
    • That doesn’t ring a bell at all.
    • I fail to remember.
    • It escaped my memory.
    • I’m afraid I’ve got a short memory.
    • I'm a bit absent-minded these days. I can't remember.
    • Can you refresh/jog my memory?
    • It’s on the tip of my tongue but I can't remember.
    • My mind went blank and I couldn't answer.
    • I lost my train of thought.
    • I had a senior moment.
    • It went in one ear and out the other!
    • I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached!
    • I have a brain like a sieve these days!

    • I’m afraid I don’t know.
    • I wish I knew, but I’ve got no idea!
    • I haven’t got the faintest/the slightest/the foggiest idea!
    • To be quite honest I haven’t got a clue!
    • I must admit I don’t know much about that… but let me find out for you.
    • I don’t know, but I can make a few enquiries.
    • I’m not sure I can answer your question. I need to think about it.
    • That’s a good question but I’m afraid I can’t answer it.
    • Quite frankly it’s a mystery to me!
    • I have to say it’s beyond me. I simply don’t know!
    • I‘d love to be of help but unfortunately I don’t have the answer.
    • I don’t know, but let me get back to you with the answer.
    • I’m not sure, but off the top of my head I’d say …
    • Well, I don’t really know, but here’s my hypothesis for what it’s worth…
    • I can’t answer that but I'll look into it and tell you what I find.
    • I'm not the best person to answer that. I suggest you talk to …
    • Here’s what I know, but Tom may be able to give you more information.

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