What ‘s the difference between think about, think of, and think that?
We can use both think about and think of to show that some idea or picture is in our mind.
- When I lived overseas, I often thought about my family.
- Maybe you are thinking of this grammar now!
- I saw Jack today. He said he was thinking about
Think of also has another meaning, different from think about. We can use think of to mean “to invent or create.”
- I thought of this lesson when I was riding the train.
- During today’s meeting, the boss told us that we need to think of some new marketing ideas.
- My mom is always thinking of new chicken recipes.
We use think that followed by a sentence to give our opinion about something or to state our belief about something. Keep in mind, in casual English conversation, “that” is often omitted.
- I think that living abroad is a great experience.
- Maybe you think that English grammar is easy to memorize!
- Greg said he thinks that you are a nice person.
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