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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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Think of vs Think about

LynneLynne TeachHomePosts: 9,748 mod
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  • BobmendezBobmendez Posts: 397 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2015
    Can you remember the feeling you had when found money somewhere on a street? Exactly the same feeling I am having now because I noticed a very interesting detail in English.
    They say:
    -I think of ... ;
    -I sing of ... ;
    -I mean of ... .
    They could also say 'I think about ...'
    So, I am very curious of (about) the difference between 'of' and 'about' :*
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,748 mod
    I'd never say "I mean of", unless it was "I mean, of course, ...".

    People often think they can say "care of", but it's "take care of" and "care for".

    This is where developing a feeling for English, is more important than knowing the rules.

    I think of and I think about can be used interchangeably in some circumstances, but in others there are slight differences in meaning.

    For example - to consider - "I will consider your request." We wouldn't say "I will think of your request", it would have to be "I will think about your request".

    I can't think of any more examples, but I will think about it for a while.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne Thinking of indicates contemplating different things/issues/options at a time. While thinking about means contemplating only one or two of them or few of them. Is it right?
    I was thinking of many options to attract more clients for the training program. But then I started thinking about the existing ones.
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