remember / remind / reminder

Remember (v.) is when you think of a memory (a past experience):

  • I remember the first time I ever swam in the ocean, when I was 5 years old.
  • Do you remember that great presentation on marketing that we saw at the conference?
  • I don’t think he remembers that we met 30 years ago.

    Remember is also the opposite of “forget.” You can use remember to talk about keeping something in your mind:

  • Please remember to wash the dishes after you finish eating lunch.
  • I was already at work when I suddenly remembered I had a dentist appointment at 9:30. I called the dentist and rescheduled it for the next day.
  • I can’t remember her name. Is it Alice or Annie?

    Remind (v.) is when a person or thing makes you remember or think about something.

  • My mother reminded me to wash the dishes after I finished eating lunch.
  • The secretary reminded Mr. Greene that he had a meeting at 4:30.
  • Our shopping list reminds us what we need to buy at the supermarket.

    A reminder (n.) is a thing that reminds you. Notes, cell phone alerts, and statements from other people can function as reminders.