"think of" and "think about"

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makone

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Hi,
I would like to ask whether there is a significant difference between "think of" and "think about" or not. My dictionary is nor exactly precise on this matter so I will be very grateful for any help. Thank you in advance.
 

Clare James

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In some sentences, you can use think of or think about with no difference in meaning, but there are some differences in usage. In general, think of + object is often used to talk about your opinion about things. For example:

What do you think of Karen's new boyfriend?
I'm not sure what I think of the changes in government policy.

Whereas think about without any object can be used in a more general meditative sense, such as
I sat in the sofa thinking about the weekend.
What are you thinking about?

I don't know if American usage is different on this point.
 

susiedqq

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Yes, those rules apply, however,

Think of all the ways . . .

means the same as

Think about all the ways . . .

HOW these words are used in the sentence is the major clue.
 
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