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    Thought/Thinking

    What's the difference between "thought" and "thinking"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    What's the difference between "thought" and "thinking"?

    This is a very good question, Belly T.

    A thought (as a noun) is equivalent to an idea. "Here are my thoughts on the issue of commercial taxes."

    The word 'thought' (as a verb), denotes past tense. "I thought about you yesterday." "If you thought I was going to be late, you were wrong."

    The word 'thinking' is the gerund of the word 'thought.' It may be used as a verb or a noun. "She's been thinking (planning) to move back to Hanoi." "My thinking (my opinion) is that George will lead the group."

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    So, what if we use: " My thought is that George will lead the group"? and " Here are my thinking on the issue of the commercial taxes",Ayuda?
    Thanks for your help

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    Re: Thought/Thinking

    They both have the same meaning but i prefer "thought"


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    Re: Thought/Thinking

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    What's the difference between "thought" and "thinking"?
    In very simple terms, 'thinking' is an act and 'thought' is a thing produced by thinking.

    'I am thinking' -> continuous form of the verb 'think' to describe an action happening right now.

    'I have some thoughts about this' -> you did some thinking yesterday, and these are the thoughts - ideas - produced by that thinking.

    'Think' is a verb, and 'thinking' is the continuous form, or an adjective.

    I think -> verb
    I am thinking -> continuous form
    Any thinking person would say no to cocaine -> adjective

    'Thought' can be a verb - the past tense of think - used with or without an object, or a noun when used to describe the product of thinking.

    I though about it -> past tense verb
    I will share my thoughts with you -> noun

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    Re: Thought/Thinking

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    So, what if we use: " My thought is that George will lead the group"? and " Here are my thinking on the issue of the commercial taxes",Ayuda?
    Thanks for your help

    The first sentence is good, but the second one needs a little work:

    To say "Here are my . . . " indicates that the noun will be a plural, because of the word 'are'. More correctly, you might say, "Here is my thinking . . . " or "Here is my thought . . . " or "Here are my thoughts . . . . "

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