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forget 後面加 to-V 和 V-ing 有何差異?
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forget 後面接不同形式的動詞補語會造成完全不同的解讀。

I forgot to tell him the good news. → 忘了要說,還沒告訴他


I forgot telling him the good news. → 忘了已經說了,告訴過他了

不定詞 to tell 表示「要去告訴他,但是忘了去做」,實際上還沒說出這個好消息;第二句用動名詞 telling 則表示「告訴」這個動作的確進行過,只是我忘了。若是加上所有格或用子句補語,就更清楚已經「說過」了:

I forgot my telling him the story. → 千真萬確的名詞事件

I forgot that I told him the story. → 子句補語說個明白

answered Nov 3, 2017 by admin (25,240 points)
edited Dec 4, 2017 by admin

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