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  1. hector51's Avatar

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    Think of vs Think about

    hi!

    Can you show me the difference between "think of" and "think about"?

    thanks!

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    Re: Think of vs Think about

    When you think of something, it (as a whole) is your chief focus:

    When news of the fire was announced, he could only think of this family.

    'How could you do such a thing? Didn't you think of me?'


    When you think about something, your focus is less intense:

    In your last year at school, there are many things to think about - work, money, where to live.

    But the two seem to me quite close and sometimes overlapping in meaning.

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    Re: Think of vs Think about

    To me, think of is stative-like and means to hold in your mind, whereas think about is active-like and means to consider. Here's a similar view: BBC World Service | Learning English | Ask about English

    All the best.

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    Re: Think of vs Think about

    "Oh, you have a car. Oh. That's great! That's great, because Janie's thinking about getting a car soon too, aren't you, honey"?

    These lines from the movie American Beauty perfectly support Bobk and Casiopea's idea.

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    Re: Think of vs Think about

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    When you think of something, it (as a whole) is your chief focus:

    When news of the fire was announced, he could only think of this family.

    'How could you do such a thing? Didn't you think of me?'

    When you think about something, your focus is less intense:

    In your last year at school, there are many things to think about - work, money, where to live.

    But the two seem to me quite close and sometimes overlapping in meaning.

    b
    This is noted.

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    Re: Think of vs Think about

    Quote Originally Posted by hector51 View Post
    hi!

    Can you show me the difference between "think of" and "think about"?

    thanks!
    Hi,

    I think:

    1. Think of: imagine. Ex: I am thinking of my first day in US next year, please don't interrupt me.
    2. Thank about: consider. Ex: She is thinking bout whether to go out with me tonight.
    3. Sometimes, they are the same. Ex: Since you said goodbye to me, I have been thinking of /about you.

    Not a teacher

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