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    #1

    think of / think about

    Dear teachers,

    I know that “think about somebody/something” = consider, concentrate the mind on:

    You’re quiet this morning. What are you thinking about?
    I’ve thought about what you said and I’ve decided to take your advice.

    I know also that “think of somebody/something” = remember, bring to mind, have an idea:

    She told me her name, but I can’t think of it now. (not think about it)
    That’s a good idea. Why didn’t I think of that?

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the very small difference in the meaning of the “think about” and “think of” in the following sentences?

    My sister is thinking of going to Canada.
    My sister is thinking about going to Canada.

    Tom was thinking of buying a new car.
    Tom was thinking about buying a new car.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    #2

    Exclamation Re: think of / think about

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I know that “think about somebody/something” = consider, concentrate the mind on:

    You’re quiet this morning. What are you thinking about?
    I’ve thought about what you said and I’ve decided to take your advice.

    I know also that “think of somebody/something” = remember, bring to mind, have an idea:

    She told me her name, but I can’t think of it now. (not think about it)
    That’s a good idea. Why didn’t I think of that?

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the very small difference in the meaning of the “think about” and “think of” in the following sentences?

    My sister is thinking of going to Canada. (It is still in conceptual stage, the pros and cons are under examination)
    My sister is thinking about going to Canada. (It is in the decision making stage, all possibilities being considered, likely to take a final decision)

    Tom was thinking of buying a new car. (conceptual stage)
    Tom was thinking about buying a new car. (decision making stage)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    A thinking process has two stages: the conceptual stage when you apply the brain to weigh every thing from all angle. The second stage is, decision making stage when if you anticipate positive result, you decide ‘yes’ and if apprehend negative, decide ‘no

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