Do you have a good memory?

Do you have a good memory?


Do you have a good ability to remember things?

Word Family

“Memory” is a noun and “remember” is a verb but there are other words in the family:

Remembrance Day

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:

Do you remember your high school days?
Are they good memories?
Were you teased at high school?
Did you tease other people?
Were you bullied at school?
Did you bully others?


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

Traveling and Collecting Mementos

When we travel we sometimes collect souvenirs. Souvenirs are things we buy to remind us of the trip we made and to show other people where we have been.

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.

More Vocabulary

Other word which are important in this field are:

a reminder

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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