Do the first pair of sentences mean the same? Here, remember means to keep in mind.

  1. I've remembered to be faithful to my wife.
  1. I've been remembering to be faithful to my wife.

Do the second pair of sentences have the same meaning? Here, remember means to recall knowledge from memory.

  1. I've remembered many times my lost dog over the past month.
  1. I've been remembering my lost dog over the past month.
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    1 & 2 are grammatical, and mean what you think they mean, but are rather unnatural. I am sure my wife would be happier if I never even thought about being unfaithful, rather than having to 'remember' to be faithful. Likewise, my employer might be worried if I said I have remembered not to steal money from him. If you say you 'remember' not to do a bad thing you are implying that you might possibly do that thing. Jan 7, 2022 at 15:27
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    3 and 4 are not very idiomatic. You could say "When I saw the greyhound in the park, I remembered my own lost dog", but for repeated occasions we would usually use thought of instead. Jan 7, 2022 at 16:29
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    @KateBunting - would Christina Rossetti have agreed? Jan 7, 2022 at 17:04
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If someone 'remembers to do something', they keep it in mind, because they might forget otherwise. I remembered to buy some bread and milk on the way home from work. I try to remember to take the key out of my car dashboard when I park. If a husband says that he 'remembered' to be faithful to his wife, that means that it is possible that he might forget, and absent-mindedly have sex with someone else. This might be an odd thing for a husband to admit to.

remember to do sth A2

to not forget to do something:

Did you remember to do the shopping?

Remember (Cambridge Dictionary)

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