Let say that someone is not listening to your advise which is for his/her benefit and making a big mistake.

So can he say:

One day, you will crying remember my words!


One day, you will remember crying my words!

  • We say: "Don't come boohooing to me." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 13 '15 at 23:02
  • "One day you will cry remembering my words." – lurker Jan 3 '16 at 0:55

In the first rendering, "crying remember" is bad syntax. The placement of "crying" next to the verb "remember" cries out for an adverb. But "crying" applies to the person, not the remembering. That is:

[crying person] remembering

The second is definitely wrong because the second person did not "cry" the first person's words! (in "remember crying my words", remember is the verb, and crying my words is the direct object.)

In my opinion, the most concise, grammatically correct and accurate way to phrase this thought would be:

  • One day you will cry, remembering my words.

This means that he will cry and remember at the same time.

If you wish to stress that the remembering will trigger the crying, say

  • One day you will remember my words and cry.
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    Hmm, maybe you can throw in an explanation, no extra cost. – Nathan Tuggy Oct 13 '15 at 6:19

The word that should precede remember is an adverb.

How will you remember my words? - cryingly

One day you will cryingly remember my words!

But I would say it this way, a more common way -

One day you will cry and remember my words!

  • Yes, remember and cry are two actions, but I mean one action only and second one as a quality of the action. – Sanjar Igamov Aug 13 '15 at 16:36
  • Since you have the object "my words" after "remember", you can't have an adverb there, you need to keep them together for grammar's sake. You can put "cryingly" after "my words", but it changes the meaning, suggesting that the act of remembering is what will make the person cry, which is not what you intend to say. I recommend "One day, wiping away tears you will remember my words." – Victor Bazarov Aug 13 '15 at 19:05
  • @VictorBazarov I am not a native speaker. But I have noticed, very few though, that cryingly + verb + object form is there. But I found more examples of cryingly modifying an adjective than crying modifying a verb. So I just want to know what is correct? Or are both of them correct? – Man_From_India Aug 15 '15 at 4:55
  • It is quite possible that more than one order of words is fine (English is not so strict as is sometimes portrayed) and gives the same meaning. I can't say I've done enough research to authoritatively state one way or the other about the correctness of the use of "cryingly". As a matter of fact, as I type the word here, it is marked with a wavy red line to indicate that Internet Explorer's dictionary doesn't have it, from which I conclude that it's not a common word... – Victor Bazarov Aug 15 '15 at 12:27
  • @victor yes it's not that common. And so I in my answer wrote "the more common way..." etc. I have provided the link also in my answer that will take you to Wiktionary where it defines the word. Moreover OED and Collins have entry for that word :-) – Man_From_India Aug 15 '15 at 12:33

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