“Remember” and “remind” are both verbs related to memory.

Remember” means “to bring back a piece of information into your mind.”

Remind” means “to cause or make someone think of something they have forgotten.”

To recall somethingCause someone to remember something
To keep something in mindUsed as a reminder phrase
“Remember” + piece of information“Remind” + person
“Remember to” + verb“Remind (someone) to do”
“Remember” + gerund“Remind (someone) of”


1. In general, it means “to think of or bring to mind someone or something.”
a. To recall a past memory.
  • “I remember eating this when I was a child.”
  • Remember that old man that used to tell us off all the time?”
b. To keep something in mind for the future.
  • “I must remember to get some bread.”
  • “You should make more of an effort to remember your colleague’s names.”
2.   “Remember” + a memory or piece of information.
  • “I remember Mrs Wright. She was our Grade 6 teacher.”
  • “She remembered to call her mother after work.”
3.   “Remember” + infinitive or infinitive phrase

This is a phrase that means “to remember something before doing it.” This is often used as a reminder phrase to remind someone to do something.

  • Remember to save your work often in case your computer crashes.”
  • “I must remember to go to the post office later.”
4.   “Remember” + gerund or gerund phrase

This is a phrase that means “to think of or recall a past memory.”

  • “I remember visiting my grandma and eating her cookies.”
  • “Do you remember eating her cookies when you visited her?”


1. This is used to say that someone or something else caused you to remember someone or something.
a. To cause someone to remember a past memory.
  • “Eating this reminds me of the pancakes my mom used to make for me.”
  • “He really reminds me of the actor from “Sherlock.”
b. To help someone remember something.
  • Remind me to get some bread later.”
  • “I have to remind him to take out the rubbish every week.”
2. “Remind (someone)”

“Remind” is always followed by someone that remembers or recalls.

  • “This song reminds me of my trip to Paris.”
  • “The clinic called to remind my mother that she has an appointment tomorrow.”
3.   “Remind (someone) of” + a memory or piece of information.
  • “He really reminds me of the actor from “Sherlock.”
  • “Eating this reminds me of the pancakes my mom used to make for me.”

See also: Differences: To remember doing or To remember to do

Original post: 1 March 2021