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  1. Ferdie11's Avatar
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    #1

    Don't even think about that

    Hi,

    Please help me with this.

    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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    #2

    Re: Don't even think about that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Please help me with this.

    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.
    The correct idiom is number 2, without the question mark.

    "Don't even think about it."

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    #3

    Re: Don't even think about that

    Thank you. Can you tell me why? And why not say number 1?

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    #4

    Re: Don't even think about that

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    The correct idiom is number 2, without the question mark.

    "Don't even think about it."
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Thank you. Can you tell me why? And why not say number 1?
    I am afraid Munch won't be able to tell you "why". He stated it was an idiom, which means it is an idiomatic phrase, people just say it that way.

    Before reading his post, in my opinion both forms were correct and could be used interchangeably.

    But I am not a native speaker, so it is difficult for me to identify some idioms.
    If he says the second one is the "correct idiom" I assume that he has heard that expression over and over, throughout his years of experience with English as a native speaker, as opposed to the first one.

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    Re: Don't even think about that

    Abstract Idea has it. Yes, both forms are grammatically correct and make sense but in that situation, I would always use number 2.

    Doing some googling, number 1 is used quite often. But number 2 even has its own Wikipedia entry! When giving a warning it sounds more natural to me.

    Try putting these two phrases into google to get a sense for the different uses:

    "don't even think about it"
    "don't even think about that"

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    #6

    Re: Don't even think about that

    Not a teacher

    The second is very common while the first is not. However, just say both fast a couple of times and then you'll get that the second sounds better -to me. When everything's fine gammatically speaking, use your ears.
    Last edited by philadelphia; 25-Oct-2010 at 01:04.

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