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    Think About

    I have a question about "think" and "think about". Are they interchangeable?

    "In jail, they think freedom often."
    "In jail, they think of about freedom often."

    Do "think" and "think of about" mean the same?
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    Re: Think About

    Welcome to the forum, zxcvbnma (hope I spelt that right).

    They are not interchangeable.

    You need of or about in this sentence.

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    Re: Think About

    So, "think SOMETHING" is not standard English. All of the following are wrong:

    "They think sports often."
    "They think money often."
    "They think politics often."
    "They think business often."

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    Re: Think About

    Yes.

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    Re: Think About

    "Think" must always be followed by "about" or "of"?

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    Re: Think About

    Quote Originally Posted by zxcvbnma View Post
    "Think" must always be followed by "about" or "of"?
    No. However, in the sense that we are talking about here, we need 'of' or 'about'.

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    Re: Think About

    In response to another person's making a bad decision, one could say:

    "What were you thinking?"
    "What were you thinking about?"

    Is the second one the more correct question?

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    Re: Think About

    Quote Originally Posted by zxcvbnma View Post
    Is the second one the more correct question?
    No, it isn't. Both are possible.

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    Re: Think About

    How are:

    "What were you thinking?"
    "What were you thinking about?"

    different in meaning?

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    Re: Think About

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    How are:

    "What were you thinking?"
    "What were you thinking about?"

    different in meaning?

    ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    Mona: I have lost my job.

    Joe: Why?

    Mona: I told the boss that she was ugly.

    Joe: What were you thinking? (What caused you to do something like that?)

    Mona: I was thinking that I was so important to this company that she would never

    dare dismiss me.

    Joe: You were wrong.

    Mona: That's for sure.

    ***

    Tony: I saw you sitting in the library. What were you doing?

    Martha: I was just thinking.

    Tony: What were you thinking about?

    Martha: I was thinking about my decision to marry Jimmy next year. Maybe it was a mistake.
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