I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address.

  • A: forgot
  • B: had forgotten

I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that because the first action is the verb "give" not the verb "forget"? but I think that the verb to give didn't actually happen. Can someone please explain why A is the correct answer?

  • Are you sure it said "forget" and not "forgot"? Also, please use periods/full stops to the best of your abilities. And the correct letter is capital I, not lowercase l, when using the personal pronoun. – Em. Sep 10 '18 at 5:57
  • Sorry, I modified it to forgot, it was written automatically by the phone so, I didn't notice it – Dina Mohamed Sep 10 '18 at 7:23
  • "but it's written in the book that A is the correct one". Which book would that be? – Tedinoz Sep 13 '18 at 14:53
  • Well, it's hard to explain. I am a secondary school student. We have our school English book but we don't use it. We use alternative books that should be written by specialists but they sometimes make mistakes – Dina Mohamed Sep 17 '18 at 7:27
  • Though I forgot is probably the answer, I think the reason is probably the past perfect "had forgotten" should be used in "comparison" with the another even time, which, in this case, you invited your friend. The time frame is same, you invited = simple past, and forgot = simple past. There is no reason you need to use the past perfect to differentiate the time recognition. – Kentaro Tomono Dec 25 '18 at 4:26

There's an excellent answer on English Language Usage "Forgot" vs "Have forgotten"?. Their conclusion coincides with mine (by sheer dumb luck, I think) that either is acceptable. Or as they put it "from a casual conversational point of view the two are largely used interchangeably".

The interesting thing about their answer is their assessment of the tense in each example sentence.

BTW, disregard the "Marked as Duplicate" status of that question. I think it was a wrong decision; the other question deals with a very different issue.

  • ahm...the OP's question is "had forgotten". That's so different from "have forgotten". – Kentaro Tomono Dec 25 '18 at 4:21

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