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What do you think about the increase in postage.

Can I use of instead of about?

What is the difference between:
What do you think about sth?
and what do you think of sth?
 

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It's a question of degree. 'Think about' would be asking for more details than 'think of'. ;-)
 

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zli79 said:
What do you think about the increase in postage.

Can I use of instead of about?

What is the difference between:
What do you think about sth?
and what do you think of sth?

In most cases, the "about" form implies a longer a deeper thought. The "of" form can be nothing more than a fleeting remembrance.

He often thought of her.
He often thought about her.

In a question, such as your example, I think there is less difference. The asker is seeking an opinion in both cases. :wink:
 
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