Difference between Remind and Remember

What is the difference between remind and rememeber?  Not so long ago I received a a request to explain the difference between these two English verbs. There are many confusing verbs in the English language. Remind and remember often get confused.

In my video lesson I will remind you the simple rules so you will remember the difference between remind and remember once and for all.

Watch this short English lesson and scroll down to read the transcript.

Difference between Remind and Remember

Hi there and welcome back to English in a Minute. I’m Harry. So today we’re going to talk to you about the differences and the uses of remind and remember

They sound very similar and people often get them confused so hopefully we’ll be able to give you some clues as to how to use them correctly.


Remember refers to your memory. It’s about information that you hold and you store in your memory. 

I remember that address.

I remember that phone number.

So that’s something you have in your mind. Somebody told you. You committed it to your memory. So I can say:

I remember the address.

I remember the phone number.

I remember that book, it was really good. But I don’t remember who wrote it.

So in your mind you can remember the book. You know the name, you know what the story was about in general but you have forgotten or you don’t remember who wrote it.

So all to do with your memory.

Difference between Remind and Remember

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When we talk about remind, it’s something that causes you to remember something.

So somebody reminds you to do something or not to do something. It’s something you have or something you may forget in the future.

I will remind you tomorrow about the meeting.

Somebody is going to give you a note or a telephone call or some prompt that will remind you about the meeting.

It’s not to remember you about the meeting. 

It’s to remind you about the meeting.

I reminded him to buy a present for his mother because it’s her birthday.

I reminded him to buy a present for his mother because it’s her birthday. 

So it’s not I remembered him. 

reminded him.

Okay. So these are the differences and how we use them. 

And here’s just a conversation between two people that will help you to explain the difference between remind and remember in a little bit more detail:

👩‍🦰 MARY: Do you remember the holiday we had two years ago?

👨‍🦱 MICHAEL: Yes, I remember it well. We went camping and it rained all the time.

👩‍🦰 MARY: Yes, the weather today reminds me of that holiday.

👨‍🦱 MICHAEL:  It was awful please don’t remind me about it.

👩‍🦰 MARY: So next year you promised to take me to the sun. Do you remember?

👨‍🦱 MICHAEL: Yes, I do remember. But please remind me next month, otherwise I might forget.

So in this conversation just to show how we can use remind and remember.

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  1. Enock Celigene

    I am so happy to hear you, your lessons are so important.
    I like them so much, I want to improve my professional career.
    Thank you for your help!

    1. Harry

      Thank you for your nice comment! I’m glad you find them useful.

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