French Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the French language. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In English, the correct statement is "I forgot," but people commonly say "I forget," which frankly infuriates me.

So far in French I've been carrying that principle over and saying "J'ai oublié," but I realized that for all I know, that is not correct in French. So which is it?

share|improve this question
up vote 6 down vote accepted

It is indeed not correct to say “J’oublie” when talking about something you forgot to do.

However, it can be used aptly to express the fact that you always forget to do/say/whatever something, which would be said “J’oublie à chaque fois !”.

It does not matter that you talk about the past since you insist upon the idea you never do it.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.