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    Smile I think to order a pizza, please!

    I think to order a pizza, please!

    Hello, everyone. I got curious about using infinitives after the verb think. I am quite familiar with constructions like think about/of doing something but not with think to do something. In fact, I've perused my old grammar books and couldn't find such a structure. Is it kind of colloquial to use infinitives after think?
    I've posted a similar query before and I'm afraid I don't quite get it right.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...k-telling.html

    Thanks in advance and peace be with you!

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    Re: I think to order a pizza, please!

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    I think to order a pizza, please!

    Hello, everyone. I got curious about using infinitives after the verb think. I am quite familiar with constructions like think about/of doing something but not with think to do something. In fact, I've perused my old grammar books and couldn't find such a structure. Is it kind of colloquial to use infinitives after think?
    I've posted a similar query before and I'm afraid I don't quite get it right.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...k-telling.html

    Thanks in advance and peace be with you!
    After "I think" there are various options:

    I think I will have a pizza for dinner.
    I think you are an idiot.
    I think about you a lot.
    I think there are some very strange people in the world.

    Then you have:

    I'm thinking about getting a tattoo.
    I'm thinking of you (sympathy).

    In none of the examples I have come up with, can you follow "I think" or "I'm thinking" with "to" or an infinitive.

    Usually when we want to follow "think/thinking" with a verb, we use:

    I'm thinking of getting my legs waxed.
    I'm thinking about buying a new car.
    I think I have flu.
    I think I'll go to sleep now.

    As you can see, none of these involve the infinitive or bare infinitive.

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    Smile Re: I think to order a pizza, please!

    Thanks for the super-fast reply. What about this, then?

    I think to buy a new car vs I'm thinking of buying a new car.

    Can you explain the difference in meaning and use?

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    Re: I think to order a pizza, please!

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    Thanks for the super-fast reply. What about this, then?

    I think to buy a new car vs I'm thinking of buying a new car.

    Can you explain the difference in meaning and use?
    It's hard to explain the "difference in meaning and use" when, in my experience as a native speaker, we would never say "I think to buy a new car".

    I'm thinking of a buying a new car.
    I'm thinking about buying a new car.
    I think I might buy a new car.

    All of the above are used, but "I think to buy..." - to me, no!

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    Smile Re: I think to order a pizza, please!

    I guess that's why I couldn't find any constructions in my grammar book, using infinitive after think. But then I wonder what you think of expressions below:

    You never thought to tell me about this?
    (This is the question of the link I provided above and here again https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...k-telling.html)

    I think to order a pizza, please! (I caught this expression on TV from an American woman, who was ordering a pizza on the phone)


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    Re: I think to order a pizza, please!

    Thank you

    By the way

    Is "pizza" countable or non-countable?

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    Smile Re: I think to order a pizza, please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Halassafi View Post
    Thank you

    By the way

    Is "pizza" countable or non-countable?
    It's kind of hard to explain but it can be both.
    I love pizza. (generic)
    I ordered a pizza. (specific)

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