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    #1

    To or for

    Hi guys,

    Do we need to say "I was thinking of calling him" or "To call him"?

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    #2

    Re: To or for

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys.

    Do we need to say "I was thinking of calling him" or "... to call him"?
    In BrE, only "I was thinking of/about calling him" works.

    I believe that "thinking to" works in other variants. My yoga teacher, who is from New Zealand, frequently says things like "I am thinking to organise a class next week". She also uses "If you feel to repeat that move another three times, that's fine", instead of "If you feel like repeating that move ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: To or for

    In this case, AmE and BrE are in sync.

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    #4

    Re: To or for

    So both can be used.

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    #5

    Re: To or for

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So both can be used.
    No. Did you actually read the previous answers? If not, I really can't see the point in answering your questions.

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    Re: To or for

    Unless a speaker of another variant comes along and says that "think to" is OK, then the contents of post #4 are incorrect. Tufguy, read post #2 again - very carefully. Tell me what I said.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: To or for

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, only "I was thinking of/about calling him" works.
    "thinking + to + Infinitive" is not correct in BrE?
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 29-Jul-2014 at 15:18.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    #8

    Re: To or for

    To my knowledge, after such phrasal verbs, a noun/gerund should be used.

    Not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: To or for

    To be honest, I don't like "I'm thinking" at all. Do you actually say it?
    I've been taught by myself that it's not a natural way.

    I'd got for "I think about calling him".
    Although, I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 29-Jul-2014 at 13:18. Reason: whoops, a little typo
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #10

    Re: To or for

    In post 2 it is written that in british english "thinking of doing something" is common. In other areas' english people also use "thinking to do something". The example of a yoga teacher is also given who is from new zealand and uses "Thinking to do" a lot.

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