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    #1

    Don't even think about that

    Hi,

    What are the differences of the highlighted words used in the sentences below.

    1. I have a job interview on Tuesday.
    2. The initial stages of the competition begin Monday.

    1. Don't even think about that.
    2. Don't even think about it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Don't even think about that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    What are the differences of the highlighted words used in the sentences below.

    1. I have a job interview on Tuesday.
    2. The initial stages of the competition begin Monday.

    1. Don't even think about that.
    2. Don't even think about it?

    Thanks.
    1. correct
    2. incorrect

    1. correct; "that" as a demonstrative pronoun
    2. correct; "it" as a personal pronoun in the accusative case

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    Re: Don't even think about that

    I would always use the preposition on followed by a day in writing, but I am not so sure about what I do in speaking these days. It seems to me that the lack of preposition may be becoming so common that Ferdie 11's rejection of it as 'incorrect' is rather harsh.

    I'd be interested to see what others think about this.

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    Re: Don't even think about that

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    1. correct
    2. incorrect

    1. correct; "that" as a demonstrative pronoun
    2. correct; "it" as a personal pronoun in the accusative case

    Here's a situation:
    Your niece is trying to touch your things without your permission. Should I say number 1 or 2?


    1. Don't even think about that.
    2. Don't even think about it?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

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    #5

    Re: Don't even think about that

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I would always use the preposition on followed by a day in writing, but I am not so sure about what I do in speaking these days. It seems to me that the lack of preposition may be becoming so common that Ferdie 11's rejection of it as 'incorrect' is rather harsh.

    I'd be interested to see what others think about this.
    I always use on before the name of a day both in writing and in speaking: it just doesn't sound natural to me without. But I am aware that it is a more and more common occurence. In class I would consider it a mistake.

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    Re: Don't even think about that

    Here's a situation:
    Your niece is trying to touch
    your things without your permission. Should I say number 1 or 2?


    1. Don't even think about that.
    2. Don't even think about it?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

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    Re: Don't even think about that

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I would always use the preposition on followed by a day in writing, but I am not so sure about what I do in speaking these days. It seems to me that the lack of preposition may be becoming so common that Ferdie 11's rejection of it as 'incorrect' is rather harsh.

    I'd be interested to see what others think about this.
    I agree with you.

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    #8

    Re: Don't even think about that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Here's a situation:
    Your niece is trying to touch
    your things without your permission. Should I say number 1 or 2?

    The expresion "Don't even think about it!" is pretty fixed.

    It would be helpful to post two unrelated questions as two threads in the future.

    1. Don't even think about that.
    2. Don't even think about it?

    Thanks for your help in advance.
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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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