Do you have a good memory?
Do you have a good ability to remember things?
Let’s look at the words in context:
Look at these two different meanings of the noun, memory:
I have a good memory.
I have good memories of my time at high school.
The word “memory” has two senses. In the first example it refers to the ability to remember. In the second example it refers to concrete things that we remember.
My Memories of High School
Answer these questions in the comments section below:
At school and university we have to memorise things. That means we commit something to memory and then we have to remember it for a test.
On the day of the test we have to remember. If you cannot remember, you say:
I can’t remember.
I can’t recall.
I cannot recollect.
The first verb is the most common.
Writing your Memoirs
Sometimes people write a biography of their experiences. This is written by yourself so it is actually an autobiography.
auto PLUS biography
A title for a sailor’s memoirs might be:
Memoirs of a Life at Sea
Are you a sailor?
A title for a teacher’s memoirs might be
Memoirs of the Classroom
Are you a teacher?
Acting in Hollywood and Bollywood
A title for an actor’s memoirs might be:
Memoirs of the Stage and Screen
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Traveling and Collecting Mementos
The English noun “souvenir” is obviously a borrowing from the French word: “souvenir” which means “to remember”.
Do you collect souvenirs?
A less common word, which means “souvenir”, is memento:
Please keep this is as a memento of your visit.
Other word which are important in this field are:
Verb – remind
This meaning is: “Don’t let me forget”.
If you remind me tomorrow, I will give you that book you wanted.
Please remind me to put the rubbish out.
Here is another meaning:
You remind me of my brother.
That one means:
When I see you, I think of my brother.
You make me think of my brother.
Verb – forget
I forgot to buy milk.
Adjective – forgetful
Are you a forgetful person?
Past Participle – forgotten
Playing the Biwa (Japanese lute) is a forgotten art.
Noun – forgetfulness
Old people often suffer from forgetfulness as they near the end of their lives in this world.
Laughter and forgetting
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