Remember to do vs remember doing: 6 clear examples and uses

Remember to do vs remember doing

What is the difference between remember and remember doing?

Remember to or ing ?

Do you remember to or ing?

Learners of English frequently ask the questions above. In this post, we’ll answer all these questions. The examples and the concept questions will surely help you understand the meaning and use of these two grammatical structures.

Remember to do vs remember doing

1. Remember to do

Examples:

  1. Sandra remembered to put the juice in the fridge.
  2. I remembered to do my homework.
  3. I remembered to call them before the meeting.

Concept questions about example 1:

  • Did Sandra remember before or after putting the juice in the fridge? (Before)
  • What did Sandra think when she remembered? (She must put the juice in the fridge)

Use:

We use remember + infinitive (remember to do) to show that we remembered before the action and then we did it. This means that we did not forget to do the action.

2. Remember doing

Examples:

  1. Sandra remembers putting the juice in the fridge.
  2. I remember doing my homework.
  3. I remember calling them before the meeting.

Concept questions about example 2:

  • Do I remember before or after doing the homework? (After)
  • What do I think when I remember? (I have done my homework)

Use:

We use remember + …ing (remember doing) to show that we remember after doing the action. In other words, we look back at the actions we did in the past.

Hope the examples and concept questions have helped you understand the difference between remember to do vs remember doing.

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