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    Default Think Versus Think of/about

    Hello, first happy to know this site.

    What's the difference between 'think' and 'think of'?

    I used to think 'THINK + that S+V' and 'THINK OF + N'. But there are exceptions like these.

    1. The referee has to think the way the players do.
    2. I'm trying to think positive thoughts.

    I got confused. And I really need your help.

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    Default Re: Think Versus Think of/about

    Hi Peter

    As a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher, I would interpret your sentences as follows:

    1. The referee has to think (How?) [in] the [same] way [that] the players do/think.
    2. I'm trying to think (what?) positive thoughts.

    They both relate, really, to "directing one's mind towards someone or something", reflecting definition 2a, below, in the OED definition of "think":

    AskOxford: think

    1 have a particular opinion, belief, or idea about someone or something.
    2 a) direct one’s mind towards someone or something;
    b) use one’s mind actively to form connected ideas.
    3 (think of/about) take into account or consideration.
    4 (think of/about) consider the possibility or advantages of.
    5 (think of) have a particular opinion of.
    6 call something to mind; remember.

    Does this help your understanding?

    Best regards
    NT

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    Default Re: Think Versus Think of/about

    This question was asked some time ago. Perhaps you may try to search the forums.

    A short explanation can be found here:

    BBC World Service | Learning English | Ask about English

    BTW, this is a double post.

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