These operate in congress with verbs of remembering and recalling.
- With the accusative, they denote a physical loss of possession of some memory—a falling away of some piece of memory from the mind.
- With the genitive, they deny a mindful or attentive state, with respect to some topic or object of memory.
- I forgot the cat at home: felem domī oblītus sum.
- I neglect the cat’s basic needs: rērum felis oblīviscor.
- Let them forget the Greeks: Graiōs oblīviscantur.
- Don’t let her be careless of the Greek statues: cavē nē Graia statua oblīviscātur. (They’re fragile!)
As with verbs of remembering:
- Personal pronouns (meī, tuī, suī, nostrī) are generally in the genitive.
- Neuter pronouns (illum, istum, hōc) are generally in the accusative.
Verbs of Forgetting:
- oblīviscor, oblīviscī, oblītus sum, forget
- dēdiscō, dēdiscere, dēdidicī, forget, unlearn, Jamaican word for 70s dance
The Essential AG: 350a-b