Do you say, can't remember or don't remember?

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  1. robj macrumors regular

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    English isn't my first language, even it isn't for the people which usually go to learn english with.
    Many of these people say "I don't remember" but I think "I can't remember" is a better way to say it.

    Maybe it's a silly question and you can use both of them you use, but I have the curiosity to know which is most used between english speakers. :)
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I think I say that I "don't remember". Really I don't remember what I say. :D
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I use both without really thinking about it. I can't remember if I decide which works better and I don't remember the last time I thought about it. :D
     
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I'm pretty sure use both, though I'm not sure the circumstances that make me use one over the other at different points.
     
  6. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    I use both depending on the situation.

    I don't remember—when I have no plans to try to remember.

    I can't remember—when I'm trying to remember but just can't.
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I don't use either. I normally give a blank stare followed buy dribbling. Usually works.
     
  8. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    This, more or less. Since 'can't' is related to ability and 'don't' is related to, erm, doing, I make a distinction.
     

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