3 Facts On Use Of Remind In Tense(Present, Past And Future)

Verb determines the time of action whether the action is in present time or in past or in future time. Let us explore the usage of the verb “remind” in all three forms of tense.

Remind’’ means to remember, to recollect, to recall, to reminisce, to recapture, to call up etc. It is an action to prompt someone about something at a particular time so that he/ she does not forget to do the needful work. “Remind” has the form of remind/ reminds in present, “reminded” in past and past participle.

Let us understand the inflections of the verb “remind” in present, past and future tense with suitable examples .

“Remind” in present tense

The occurrence of action in current time indicates that the action is in present tense. Here we will look after the present tense forms of “remind”.

In present tense, the verb “remind” is used as ‘reminds/remind’, ‘am/is/are reminding’, ‘has/have reminded’, ‘has/have been reminding’ in simple present/present indefinite tense, present continuous tense, present perfect tense, present perfect continuous tense respectively.

When is “remind” used in the present tense?

Remind is used in the present tense when we have to remember, to recollect, to recapture some memory or something, to recall, to reminisce or to call up something or someone in current times or ongoing state.

Examples of “remind” in the present tense

Types of tenseExamples Explanation
Simple present tense/ present indefinite tense1.I/We remind him to bring the lunch box today.

2.You remind him to attend the meeting today.

3.Chiku reminds me to write the email to his principal.

4.The boys and girls does not remind me to take the snack at the time of going out.
Here only the subject with third person singular number uses the form of “reminds”. Because according to rule of present indefinite tense third person singular number adds “S” with its main verb. Apart from that other subject/ subjects use the form “remind” as there is no change in verb formation. There is an approach to prompt or to remember something or some events in present time.
Present continuous tense1.I/we am/are not reminding (hinting) Rahul to attend the wedding ceremony.

2.You are forgetting to remind your uncle about his passbook.

3.Chiku is reminding (recalling) his childhood memory.

4.The boys and girls are reminding (calling up) the golden days of school life.
Continuous means ongoing state or action happening in present time. Here the subject/ subjects according to rule of present continuous tense uses am/is/are and “ing” with main verb forming participle form reminding. As we can explain from the examples that every subject is trying to either hint, or to prompt, or to commemorate the events in an ongoing situation.  
Present perfect tense1. I/we have not reminded (forget) my/ our parents about the visit of govt. officials at our school today.

2.You have reminded Chiku to play football in the ground after the school.

3.Chiku /Arna has reminded me to attend the conference on Sunday.

4. The children have not reminded teacher about the music class .
Here in present perfect tense the subject/ subjects uses “has/ have reminded” according to the structural law of present perfect tense. We can find the subjects are trying to remind some event or actions in certain time frame in present times.
Present perfect continuous tense1.i/we have been reminding (recalling) the last scene of Avenger’s Endgame for three hours.

2. You have been reminding (recalling) the nostalgic college days memory since morning.

3. Chiku/ Arna has been reminding (remembering) the accident for three hours.

4. The boys and girls have been reminding (remembering)the mistakes since morning.
Here the subjects uses the structure of has/have and continuous form of main verb reminding. As we can observe the subjects are trying to remember/ or recall some experience in particular time frame in present times.
Examples and use of remind in present tense

“Remind” in past tense

The verb remind will be explained in the past tense with all the inflections such as past indefinite, past continuous, past perfect, and past perfect continuous tense.

The action verb “remind” in past tense has the forms ‘reminded’, ‘was/were reminding’, ‘had reminded’ and ‘had been reminding’ in past indefinite, past perfect, past continuous tense respectively.

 When is “remind” used in the past tense?

The verb remind in past tense is used to recapture, to recall, to call up, to remember, to help someone not to forget anything in past or before the present times. The main approach to use the verb “remind” in past tense is to recollect something before the current times.

Examples of “Remind” in the past tense

Types of tense Examples Explanation
Simple past tense/ past indefinite tense1. I/We reminded him of his homework.   You reminded us about buying food for our lunch.

2. Chiku / Arna reminded his/ her uncle about the suspension of Professor Mitra in his college.

3.  The boys and girls reminded the coach of the match they won last year.
Here in simple past tense the subject/ subjects irrespective of person and number uses past form of the verb that is “reminded”. Here we find the subjects are trying to prompt, to recall an action in the past.
Past continuous tense1. I/We was/ were reminding him of his playing skill when he was 20 years old.

2. You were reminding me to bring an umbrella due to the prediction of heavy rain.

3. Chiku was reminding me to have dinner in due time.

4. The children were reminding the class teacher about the unsolved math in previous class.
As in past continuous tense the subject/ subjects according to rule has/ have was/were as be verb in past tense and uses/ use the suffix ing after main verb. That is how reminding is used in order to have the sense of recalling , remembering, calling up an ongoing action  in past days.
Past perfect tense1. I/ we had reminded Kapil of the weakness of Imran before the game played.

2.You had reminded the kids to study before the exam came.

3. Chiku had reminded to watch a horror movie before the dawn came.

4. Many workers had reminded the boss about the bad food before the supervisor arrived there.
In past perfect tense one action occurred or completed before the another action. Here every character or subject in certain time frame tried to recall the action before another actually occurred. Here according to the rule sub has used had as helping verb and the third form of the main verb that is reminded.
Past perfect continuous tense1. I/We had been reminding(recalling) the rude behavior of the teacher for two hours.

2. You had been reminding me of my accident for five days.

3. Chiku/ Arna had been reminding of the experience of visiting Rajasthan in summer for three hours.

4. The children had not reminded me to complete the task within last month.
In past perfect continuous tense the action started in a certain time and continued till a particular time in past. So here the subjects try to recall their action  in a certain time frame in past. And as the rule applied the subject uses had been as helping verb and uses suffix ing after remind and becomes had been reminding.
Examples and use of “remind” in past tense.

“Remind ” in future tense

The verb in future tense denotes the action to be occurred in near future. In this section we will have a look on the usage of “remind” in future tense.

Remind” in future tense comprises the shape of ‘shall/will remind’, ‘shall/will be reminding’, ‘will/have reminded’, and ‘will have been reminding’ in simple future tense, future continuous tense, future perfect tense and future perfect continuous tense.

When is “remind” used in the future tense?

A person can use the verb remind in future tense when he has to prompt something, or to recall something in near future.

Examples of “Remind ” in the future tense

Types of TenseExamplesExplanation
Simple future tense/ future indefinite tense1. I/ We will remind you the subject matter to be told in the seminar in right time.

2. Chiku / Sanvi will remind the teacher of the class assignment tomorrow.

3.They will remind me of the football match day after tomorrow.
In simple future tense the subject refers to an action that is yet to occur. Here the subject will prompt an action in near future. So simply we have “will” as helping verb before the main verb remind”.  
Future continuous tense1.I/We shall /will be reminding you Newton’s gravitation theory in class.

2.Chiku/ Sanvi/he/she/ will be reminding the weakness of the opponent player during the match.

3.The boys and girls/ they will be reminding us of the way to go to Kolkata.
Here in future continuous tense the time of action will be occurred in certain time frame in future. The subject uses the helping verb “will be” along with the “ing “ after the main verb to  indicate the continuation of recalling action in future.
Future perfect tense1.I/we/he/she/you/ they/ shall/ will/ have reminded the to finish the work by January.

2. You will have reminded to complete  the work in time.
In future perfect tense the action will have completed within certain point of time. Here we have the form of will/shall have as helping verb and third form of “remind”.
Future perfect continuous tense1. I /we/ he/ she/ you/ they/ will/ shall have been reminding you when you will be in the exam hall. The action to recall will continue until a certain point in future. The subject takes will/shall/ have been as helping verb and uses the suffix “ing” with the main verb “remind”.
Examples and usage of “remind” in future tense


This article explains very carefully the uses of the verb “remind” in past, present and future tense. Apart from that, remind can be used as a noun forming “reminder, adjective forming “remindful” and “reminiscent”.

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