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    Using About and Of

    I need help explaining the difference between about and of.
    About=contemplating something
    *I am thinking about buying a new car.
    Of=comes to you
    *Think of a number from one to five.
    In some cases either one seems okay.
    Any ideas. Thank you.

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    Re: Using About and Of

    Quote Originally Posted by wagner View Post
    I need help explaining the difference between about and of.
    About=contemplating something
    *I am thinking about buying a new car.
    Of=comes to you
    *Think of a number from one to five.
    In some cases either one seems okay.
    Any ideas. Thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Wagner,


    (1) I have checked my books. Most of them seem to feel that

    think of/about are interchangeable.

    (2) For example, Grammar in Use by Mr. Raymond Murphy (a book

    that I think is used by many students) gives this example:

    Are you thinking of/about buying a house?

    (3) On the other hand, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English

    Language (which some people consider the most complete

    grammar book currently available) agrees with you. It gives this

    example:

    He thought about the problem. = He considered the problem.

    He thought of the problem.= He brought the problem to his mind.

    (4) I guess that in the "real world," native speakers don't

    worry too much about which one they use. Nevertheless, here are

    two examples that may illustrate the difference. (They are only

    my examples -- not the book's)

    I can't work; I can't eat; I can't sleep. All I can do is think

    about you. Please come back to me. And every time that someone

    says, "Okey-doke," I immediately think of you because that was your

    favorite word.

    UPDATE:

    I have found a good explanation on the Web. Please google:

    BBC Learning English Think of/about lyrics
    Last edited by TheParser; 14-Feb-2011 at 23:49.

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