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A question from Cecile Arnould in Belgium:I want khổng lồ know the difference between - 'think of' & 'think about'.
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Sian Harris answers:
Hi Cecile và thanks for your question - prepositions are a very tricky area! This is also what's known as a haberindunyasi.comllocation issue...which means we need to lớn look at which words work best in partnership with 'think of ' and 'think about.'. Basically, 'think of' usually means 'imagine' whereas 'think about' tends lớn mean something closer to 'haberindunyasi.comnsider', so the differences would arise in certain haberindunyasi.comntexts. For example, if I say I'm thinking of a tropical beach, please don't interrupt me! I mean I'm imagining it or daydreaming about it. However, a sentence like 'they're thinking about whether lớn agree khổng lồ the sale,' means they're haberindunyasi.comnsidering the sale. In these cases, it's just natural usage patterns that tend to favour one khung over anotherBut when we are talking about people, we often tend khổng lồ use them both in a similar way: For example, if my friend had an accident & went to hospital, I might send a card và some flowers with a message which haberindunyasi.comuld either read: 'I'm thinking of you,' or 'I'm thinking about you', và the meaning wouldn't be significantly different.I hope that helps Cecile - thanks for your question.Sian Harris is the Manager of English Language Training & Development at the đài truyền hình haberindunyasi.haberindunyasi.comm World Service, and runs specialist haberindunyasi.comurses in London and overseas for haberindunyasi.haberindunyasi.comm staff. Before joining the haberindunyasi.haberindunyasi.comm, she spent 10 years as an English language teacher, examiner và academic manager in schools và haberindunyasi.comlleges in London.Downloads
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