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Edit. Check out this thread. owlman5 agrees with me .
Context: a teacher talking. At the same time a student not paying attention. Then the teacher asks the student what the teacher has been talking about. The student's reply:
Sorry, I was thinking (of) something else; could you repeat....
(If the student chooses not to say I missed the point)
It is OK to use THINK as a transitive verb on some occasions; but I am not sure whether the above sentence is acceptable in such a context. If the sentence sounds odd to native speakers, tell me direct.
Thank you very much.
I would use only 'thinking of'.
I would say 'I was thinking about something else'.
'...thinking [no preposition] something else' sounds wrong to me.
Before I started the thread, I had consulted several authoritative dictionaries, including of course my favourite OALD.
In that dictionary, THINK is said to be a transitive verb, but obviously the editor has evaded something difficult to explain so he simply stuffs THINK into the category of TRANSITIVE, which we can know by viewing the example sentences:
Well, I like it. What do you think? (interrogative sentences)
I think it highly unlikely that I'll get the job. (with complement)
He's thought to be one of the richest men in Europe. (with complement)
He was trying to think what to do. (followed by wh- words)
You're very quiet. What are you thinking? (followed by wh- words)
I was just thinking what a long way it is. (followed by wh- words)
We couldn't think where you'd gone. (followed by wh- words)
Just think how nice it would be to see them again. (followed by wh- words)
If I'm late home, my mother always thinks the worst. (not a concrete noun)
Try to think yourself into the role. (with complement/functions as a rarely transitive verb)
If you want to make money, you've got to think money. (very informal)
I can't think where I put the keys. (followed by wh- words)
All these example sentences have been recorded in different senses in the same entry, and the bracketed words are my opinions, but you can notice an important thing- THINK in this transitive sense is never what we consider a usual transitive verb to be. That is to say, probably when THINK is followed by something not definite, we can put a direct object after THINK. But I am not sure whether this applies regarding my original sentence.
Last edited by nelson13; 15-Nov-2012 at 22:19.
There is a definition in another entry in the same dictionary:
thinking and/or worrying continuously about something so that you do not pay attention to other things
Is there anyone who has a different opinion?