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    What's the difference between 'Think of' and 'Think about' ?

    Hi all, could you tell me the answer to this question?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: What's the difference between 'Think of' and 'Think about' ?

    Think of = opinion
    Think about = process or detailed opinion

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    Re: What's the difference between 'Think of' and 'Think about' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Think of = opinion
    Think about = process or detailed opinion

    Yes! And we could say this as well:

    think of - have a thought - example - "I thought of you on my way to work."

    think about - consider - example - "What should we do? I don't know. Let's think about it. (We'll consider the possiblities.)


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    Re: What's the difference between 'Think of' and 'Think about' ?

    Still, the difference in terms of usage between the two phrasal verbs is unclear to me.. Could you add more light on this subject?

    thanks,
    Kiran

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    Re: What's the difference between 'Think of' and 'Think about' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Still, the difference in terms of usage between the two phrasal verbs is unclear to me.. Could you add more light on this subject?

    thanks,
    Kiran
    When we think of something/someone it is a passing thought, not deep and analytical. When we think about something it is a sustained period of reflection on that thing.

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    Talking Re: What's the difference between 'Think of' and 'Think about' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    When we think of something/someone it is a passing thought, not deep and analytical. When we think about something it is a sustained period of reflection on that thing.
    This is the best answer to the question above.
    It's quite easy to understand the difference between 'Think of' and 'Think about'.
    The point is the time they take!
    'Think of' takes a few seconds while 'Think about' takes a minute or even longer.

    PS: I'm so glad to learn English here!

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