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    Indefinite Article

    Can anyone tell me why I can say "I'll have a beer" but I can't say "I'll have a milk"?

    Also, is it ok to say "I'm thinking to do something" or "I'm thinking to buy something" should it not be "of" or "about" instead of "to"?

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    Re: Indefinite Article

    a beer = a bottle/glass/pint of beer

    In a cafe, you could ask for a milk if they sold it by the glass, bottle, etc.


    2 It is OK to use the infinitive there- it could sound a bit more tentative IMO.

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    Re: Indefinite Article

    Thanks, I was really unsure.

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    Re: Indefinite Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post

    2 It is OK to use the infinitive there- it could sound a bit more tentative IMO.
    That's interesting, Tdol. I spent a lot of time with my students in Spain drumming into them that "to think" shouldn't be followed by the infinitive.

    I'm thinking about doing that.
    I'm thinking of going on holiday.

    Are any other teachers hard and fast on this point?

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    Re: Indefinite Article

    I tell my students that 'thinking about doing' is always correct and natural, and the only possible way when the meaning is 'considering'.

    However, it seems to be used by some speakers with the idea of 'planning to do'. I don't like it, and I recommend that my students do not use it, but I would not call it wrong.

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