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    #1

    think of vs think about

    hi there,
    what's the difference between these expressions, please?
    I think of you.
    I think about you.
    I dream of Genny.
    I dream about Genny.
    thanks.


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    #2

    Re: think of vs think about

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi there,
    what's the difference between these expressions, please?
    I think of you.
    I think about you.
    I dream of Genny.
    I dream about Genny.
    thanks.
    'of' is less involved, the thoughts could be fleeting whereas 'about' signals that the subject spends more time, the thoughts are longer and more involved.

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    #3

    Re: think of vs think about

    thanks.
    so, they have basically the same meaning except for how deep or how shallow the thought/dream is?
    if I address a beloved person, "about" would be more appropriated, please?
    thanks.


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    #4

    Re: think of vs think about

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks.
    so, they have basically the same meaning except for how deep or how shallow the thought/dream is?
    if I address a beloved person, "about" would be more appropriate[d], would it? [please]
    thanks.
    It depends on who the beloved person is and how much you want to reveal, JC.

    If it's a potential girlfriend and the relationship is quite new, you might frighten some by telling them you think about them often. Or it might move the relationship on to a new level much quicker.

    If it's a close relative, then it probably isn't so crucial. Like all language, what one intends may not always be what the other understands.

    Ciao.

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