All I could think through the whole day was that we missed my brother’s football game because of me, and I really hoped my sister thought to tape it.

—The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It looks like it meant "remembered to". But is this a usual usage with the word? Can someone point me out a legit source for this definition?

  • I agree with you about the meaning: think to do something ~ to remember someone or something. I couldn't say for sure about it being usually used. However, I remember that that line surprised me a little too when I watched the movie. Apr 8, 2014 at 6:18
  • "thought to", here = paid attention and took an action [ which the action is filming the game.]
    – Shahrooz
    Sep 4, 2017 at 8:52

2 Answers 2


It's a very common usage.

To think to do something - Have sufficient foresight or awareness to do something.

Example -

I hadn't thought to warn Rachel about him.

Now your sentence -

I really hoped my sister thought to tape it.

This means that I hoped my sister had a sufficient insight before/during the match to record his brother's football match.


I think the catch is to which is used after the word thought because what preposition the word thought takes changes its meaning. Thought to is different than Thought of, isn't it?

Okay, I think thought to [something] in this context means consider that thing

thought (n) (#5) -Consideration; attention.


I really hoped my sister thought to tape it - He really hopes that his sister could have considered shooting his game so that he could watch it and not miss it.

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    Your #5 is for "thought" as a noun. Apr 8, 2014 at 6:20

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