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What is the difference between помнить and вспомнить?

For learning: Russian
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Помнить is to remember
    Вспомнить is to recall, when something or someone springs to your mind.

    Я хорошо помню твои слова. I remember your words very well.
    Я встретила тебя и сразу вспомнила слова моей мамы. I met you, and at the very moment my mother's words came to my mind.

    помнить - is a state of remembering (knowing) something
    вспомнить - is an act of remembering, a momentary action
    Помнить - помнить правила русского языка - to keep something in your mind constantly

    Вспомнить - вспомнить как зовут актера - to know somesthing, but you keep it in your mind time to time (in some moments)

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