7 useful english phrases to say when you forget something

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7 Useful English Phrases to Say When You Forget Something “I lost my train of thought.” lose your train of thought = forget what you were thinking, right in the middle of thinking about it A “train of thought” = a connected series of thoughts or ideas in your head You’re telling someone a story or about an idea you had, but you get distracted, or you are interrupted by something, and you forget what you were talking about E.g I was in the middle of telling a story, but the phone rang and I lost my train of thought “It slipped my mind.” slip one’s mind = forget something I can’t believe I forgot her birthday It completely slipped my mind! We had a meeting at 1pm today Did it slip your mind? He forgot to get some milk at the grocery store I guess it just slipped his mind “It’s on the tip of my tongue!” be on the tip of one’s tongue You know that you know something, but you can’t remember it at that moment! I know this! I know this! It’s on the tip of my tongue! His name is … oh, I can’t remember! Wait Don’t tell me I know this song The name is on the tip of my tongue! “It doesn’t ring a bell.” ring a bell = something is familiar, but you can’t completely remember it His name rings a bell, but I can’t remember what he looks like Have you seen that new TV show, the one about the married couple? ~ It doesn’t ring a bell = it doesn’t sound familiar, I don’t recognize it “It went in one ear and out the other.” go in one ear and out the other = forget something as soon as you hear it, forget something quickly You are listening to someone speaking, but you are not really listening carefully When the other person says something, you hear it but you don’t remember it He told me is his name, but it went in one ear & out the other She won’t remember Everything you tell her goes in one ear and out the other! I’m sorry I didn’t hear what you said It went in one ear and out the other I’m very distracted today Be careful! This is not a nice thing to say to someone, because you are saying that you aren’t paying attention to him or her! “Can you refresh my memory?” refresh one’s memory = help someone remember something It doesn’t ring a bell Can you refresh my memory? I have to read my notes again from the previous meeting to refresh my memory Be careful! “Let me refresh your memory” is a common phrase, but it can have a negative meaning People like to forget bad or negative experiences Sometimes people say “let me refresh your memory” in an angry way to make someone remember something negative “You don’t remember me? Let me refresh your memory You stole my phone!“ “I had a senior moment.” have a senior moment (usually said by older people) = a humorous way of saying that you momentarily can’t remember something simple because you are getting older You can blame forgetting something on your age! A senior citizen is an older person, usually someone who is 65 or older (Sixty-five is the official retirement age in many countries.) Senior is often used by itself as a shortened form of senior citizen I had a senior moment I forgot what my new car looked like and I spent 20 minutes looking for it in the parking lot I had a senior moment yesterday I thought my brother was my son People like to joke that they are getting old when they are 30 or 40 years old Sometimes a young person will say “I had a senior moment” or “I’m having a senior moment” as a way to say that they are getting old English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions Memory (Idioms : bear in mind → slipped my mind) bear in mind If a person asks you to bear something in mind, they are asking you to remember it because it is important You must bear in mind that the cost of living is higher in New York brain/memory like a sieve Someone who has a brain like a sieve has a very bad memory and forgets things easily Oh, I forgot to buy the bread - I've got a brain like a sieve these days! have down pat If you memorise or practise something until you know it perfectly or have it exactly right, you have it down pat I rehearsed my presentation until I had it down pat have on the brain If you have something on the brain, you think or talk abut it all constantly Stop talking about golf You've got golf on the brain! in one ear and out the other To say that information goes in one ear and comes out the othermeans that it is immediately forgotten or ignored I keep telling him about the risks but it goes in one ear and out the other He never listens! jog someone's memory When you help someone to remember something they have forgotten, you jog their memory You don't remember who was with us that day? Here's a photograph to jog your memory lose your train of thought If you forget what you were saying, for example after a disturbance or interruption, you lose your train of thought Now where was I? I'm afraid I've lost my train of thought if memory serves well If your memory serves you well, you remember correctly or you have not forgotten any details You're Stella's daughter, if my memory serves me well trip down memory lane If you take a trip (stroll or walk) down memory lane, you remember pleasant things that happened in the past Every Christmas is a trip down memory for the family when our parents take out the photograph albums in your mind's eye If you can visualise something, or see an image of it in your mind, you see it in your mind's eye I can see the village in my mind's eye but I can't remember the name rake over the ashes When people rake over the ashes, they discuss an unpleasant event which took place in the past My grandfather's business went bankrupt years go, but he still rakes over the ashes from time to time refresh someone's memory If you refresh someone's memory, you remind them of facts they seem to have forgotten Let me refresh your memory - you've already missed three classes this term ring a bell If something rings a bell, it sounds familiar, but you don't remember the exact details John Bentley? The name rings a bell but I don't remember him senior moment A momentary lapse of memory, especially in older people, or an absent-minded action such as putting the cereals in the refrigerator, is humorously referred to as having a senior moment I found the phone in the cupboard I must have had a senior moment! it slipped my mind If something has slipped your mind, you have forgotten about it Oh dear! It slipped my mind that the shops were closed today! ... = forget something as soon as you hear it, forget something quickly You are listening to someone speaking, but you are not really listening carefully When the other person says something, you. .. someone's memory When you help someone to remember something they have forgotten, you jog their memory You don't remember who was with us that day? Here's a photograph to jog your memory lose your train... what you said It went in one ear and out the other I’m very distracted today Be careful! This is not a nice thing to say to someone, because you are saying that you aren’t paying attention to him
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