jog someone’s memory
have a good memory
a visual memory
my earliest memory
a memory for (names)
a childhood memory
a vivid memory (of)
b. possible contexts for the expressions and their meanings.
1 A news item about rain and floods (= since people can remember).
2 A doctor talking about someone with a head injury (= he can’t remember things that happened recently).
3 A wife talking to a husband who forgot to pay the mortgage (= he has a very bad memory).
4 A salesman selling a computer (= computer memory).
5 Law students revising for an exam (= she can remember it).
6 Police questioning a witness to a crime (= he’s not sure what he remembers).
9. just 2 simply 3 only 4 simply 5 simply / really
1 = it’s too much to cope with, I haven’t got time (e.g. to look after children)
2 = there are too many jobs to do at once (e.g. someone doing a very demanding job)
3 = it’s too risky (e.g. about investing money)
4 = there’s too much to do (e.g. about running a household)
5 = she can’t manage it all (e.g. about a very demanding job)
Sentences 1, 2, 4 and 5 can all be used in similar situations.