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    What do you think about the increase in postage.

    Can I use of instead of about?

    What is the difference between:
    What do you think about sth?
    and what do you think of sth?

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    It's a question of degree. 'Think about' would be asking for more details than 'think of'.

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    Default Re: of/about

    Quote Originally Posted by zli79
    What do you think about the increase in postage.

    Can I use of instead of about?

    What is the difference between:
    What do you think about sth?
    and what do you think of sth?
    In most cases, the "about" form implies a longer a deeper thought. The "of" form can be nothing more than a fleeting remembrance.

    He often thought of her.
    He often thought about her.

    In a question, such as your example, I think there is less difference. The asker is seeking an opinion in both cases. :wink:

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