Say someone has explained something to me days ago. But I forgot basically everything when we talked about it again later, I wanted to ask him to explain that for me again.
Can I use "refresh / refreshment", like "can I get some refreshment on this" ?


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If you say

Can I get some refreshment

the person you are speaking to might hand you a cold drink

Please refresh my memory

is the often used phrase you are looking for

Please refresh my memory about our conversation last week
Please refresh my memory, what did you say about...

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    Just to add to this, sometimes people ask for "a refresher", but this sounds a bit like a buzzword to me.
    – Paul
    Jan 12, 2016 at 14:15
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    There are refresher courses to remind students of materials, refresher is also shorthand for a **drink**(!) No, I don't have a problem...
    – Peter
    Jan 12, 2016 at 16:29
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    I think "can you" sounds more native than "please" in this situation. As in "Hey, can you refresh my memory about our conversation last week?"
    – Kevin
    Jan 12, 2016 at 18:15
  • @Kevin I would say your phrasing is more informal, both are native, and it's still always nice to say please
    – Peter
    Jan 14, 2016 at 0:09

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