grammar - What is the shortened version of "Did you forget something ?"

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2014-04
  • sreenath

    What is the shortened version of "Did you forget something ?" is it "Forget something ?" or "Forgot something ?"

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  • tchrist

    It’s just “Forget something?”, because you’re skipping the “Did you” part.

    And please don’t put spaces in front of terminal punctuation like that. :(

  • bib

    Both can be correct. Did you forget something? is a past tense construction. The past is expressed by did, the past tense of do.

    Forgot something? also expresses past tense. This would be the correct shortened form to express the same concept as the original.

    However, Forget something? is also a correct construction and would not strike the listener as odd if used in place of Did you forget something?

    Also,it would be the preferred phrase if the questioner were showing the forgotten item to the person who had left it behind.


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    grammar - If you are talking "on behalf of" you and someone else, what is the correct usage?
  • Matthew Steeples

    If you are talking on behalf of you and someone else what is the correct usage?

    On behalf of my wife and me

    On behalf of my wife and I

    On behalf of me and my wife

    On behalf of myself and my wife

    On behalf of my wife and myself

    ...

    My understanding is that after that phrase you would carry on talking in first person.


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  • Robusto

    Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary says behalf is "used with in or on and with a possessive noun or pronoun." That means "behalf" is always the target of a possessive. The object in each case is the object of the preposition in or on, which means you would use the prepositional case for pronouns (you would never say "On behalf of my wife and I"). You would also use "myself" as the target.

    If you were talking about your wife ("On behalf of my wife and myself"), you would continue on in the first person plural: "On behalf of my wife and myself, we would like to thank ..."

  • Manoochehr

    The answer to your question is NO!

    On behalf of somebody and also in behalf of somebody (American English) are used in two meanings:

    a) instead of someone, or as their representative:

    On behalf of everyone here, may I wish you a very happy retirement.

    b) because of or for someone:

    Oh, don’t go to any trouble on my behalf.

  • Potatoswatter

    Since that's a prepositional clause "of pronoun" and reflexive, you want "On behalf of my wife and myself, I express our extreme displeasure."

    You shouldn't just go on talking in the first person, though. I think it only makes sense to state that you are saying something. "On behalf of my wife and myself, I'm going now." — doesn't make sense.

    As a matter of style, it might be better to simply use the first person plural. "My wife and I cordially invite you to a ditch digging ceremony." You can speak on your wife's behalf without specifically using the word "behalf."

  • Saul

    On behalf of my wife and I

    , I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

    But with greater clarity and less stuffiness and pretension as

    My wife and I wish you ...

    "on behalf of" would have a place in a some situtations

    On behalf of all the employees I would like to award you with this gold watch in recognition of your local service.