Verbs of Reminding

At the start, I should differentiate verbs of reminding from verbs of recalling/remembering.

  • I remind Sally to wash the dishes.
  • I remember Sally used to wash the dishes. She was terrible at it.

Latin displays a similar grammatical differentiation.

  • Verbs of remembering take the genitive or the accusative, with a varying sense for each. (see my post here.)
  • Verbs of reminding take the genitive and the accusative.

With verbs of reminding, the accusative describes the person reminded, the genitive describes the thing reminded (except in rare cases, where a neuter pronoun appears in the accusative as well).

  • The girl reminded him of his daughter: puella eum filiae admonēbat.
  • Allow me to remind you of your duty: vōs mihi liceat vestrī officiī admonēre.
  • I remind them of this: eōs hōc moneō.

Another common construction is accusative of the personal reminded with dē + ablative to describe the thing reminded.

  • I reminded her of the party: eam dē conviviō monuī. 

Verbs of Reminding:

  • admoneō, admonēre, admonuī, admonitum
  • commonefaciō, commonefacere, commonefēcī, commonefactum
  • commonefiō, commonefiērī, commonefactus sum
  • moneō, monēre, monuī, monitum

(I place moneō last because it’s common, but it generally takes a double accusative, or the + ablative construction)

The Essential AG: 351

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