Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday February 17, 2013

olvidar, verb:
to forget

You often use olvidar in the reflexive form, particularly to talk about accidental forgetting. You use de after it.

Me olvidé de decírtelo.
I forgot to tell you.

Nunca se olvida de mi cumpleaños.
He never forgets my birthday.

You can also use olvidarse with an indirect object - me, te, le, etc - as in the next examples. The verb agrees with the thing you forget or which slips your mind.

Se me olvida la fecha.
I don’t remember the date OR I can’t think of the date.

Con tantos nombres, se me olvidaron algunos.
What with so many names, some have slipped my mind.

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