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    Come up with vs Think of

    Hi,
    Are there any differences in nuance between the two sentences below?
    If so, could you give me any guidance on how to choose the right one?

    The situation, which I made up, is someone asks me if I have any ideas for a party.

    A. I cannot come up with any good ideas.
    B. I cannot think of any good ideas.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Come up with vs Think of

    They mean the same.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: Come up with vs Think of

    Note that if you say "I can't come up with any good ideas", the other person might (sarcastically) ask you if you've come up with some bad ideas. Generally, when someone says "Have you got any ideas for ...?", they're implicitly asking you for good ideas.
    A perfectly good response would be "I can't come up with/think of any/anything".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Come up with vs Think of

    The only difference I can see is that "to come up with an idea" implies that you share it with others. To think of an idea doesn't require this. But that's splitting a fine hair.

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