Results 1 to 10 of 10

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 45
    #1

    think of/ think about

    Which are the differences between "think of "and "think about"? In which case can I use "think of" or "think about"?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #2

    Re: think of/ think about

    Hello Lenorj

    If you "think of" X, it means that X is in your mind, e.g.

    1. I'm thinking of you at this very minute.
    = You are in my thoughts.

    2. I've just thought of something.
    = something has just come into my mind.

    If you "think about" X, it can mean the same as "think of"; but it can also mean "to revolve something in your mind", e.g.

    3. I'm thinking about what you said last night.
    = I am thoroughly considering what you said.

    MrP


    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 45
    #3

    Re: think of/ think about

    thanks a lot


    • Join Date: Aug 2005
    • Posts: 196
    #4

    Re: think of/ think about

    Hmm... Mr.Pedantic, tell me please...

    is "I'm thinking of what you said last night" different form "I'm thinking about..." ?

    to me these two mean the same... :(


    • Join Date: Aug 2005
    • Posts: 196
    #5

    Re: think of/ think about

    Hmm... Mr.Pedantic, tell me please...
    is "I'm thinking of what you said last night" different form "I'm thinking about..." ?
    to me these two mean the same... :(

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #6

    Re: think of/ think about

    Hello Forum_mail

    Yes, "think of" and "think about" often mean very much the same thing. But "think about" can also be used to express a more "thorough" form of thinking, e.g.

    1. I've been thinking about Plato's Symposium for twenty years, and I still don't understand it.

    MrP


    • Join Date: Aug 2005
    • Posts: 196
    #7

    Re: think of/ think about

    oops, I'm sorry but I've spoiled my previous question. What I wanted to ask was :
    is there any difference between these particular examples :

    "I'm thinking of what you said last night"

    "I'm thinking about what you said last night"

    thanks again and sorry about my previous post

    ps. should I say "I've spoiled my previous question" or simply "I spoiled..." ?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #8

    Re: think of/ think about

    Hello f_m

    Perhaps "thinking about" has a more "considered" air, in your examples; perhaps "thinking of" suggests that the thought has only just occurred to you.

    But in practice, with that example, I don't think many native speakers would register a significant difference between those two sentences.

    MrP

    PS: Probably the past tense ("I spoiled") would be better in your post, as another event (my answer) has intervened. (But "I've spoiled" wouldn't be wrong; it simply gives an impression that your focus is still on your question, rather than subsequent events.)

  1. #9

    Re: think of/ think about

    How about this example?

    A: We have tried to solve this problem but could not come up with a solution.
    Can you suggest something?
    B: Well, I can't suggest anything off-hand. I will THINK ABOUT IT and
    if I THINK OF SOMETHING (solution) I will let you know.

    Does it help or just confuse it more?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    #10

    Re: think of/ think about

    That's a good example: "think about" seems to focus on the process, and "think of" on the event as a whole.

    MrP

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •