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Is there a difference to say between "think of" and "think about"?

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Rebecca

In many contexts, "think of" and "think about" have the same meaning. Ex: What do you think of/about X? Ex: I'm thinking of/about getting a haircut. In other cases, "think of" implores you to recall or remember something, while "think about" implies that more attention/focus has been given to that topic. Ex: I haven't ever thought of travelling on my own. Ex: Have you thought about doing another degree? In this case, "think of" is used to introduce an analogy or item for comparison, to make it easier for one to understand something. You will most often see "think of" being used in these cases: think of X as Y. Ex: Think of this phone as the new iPhone. Ex: Think of this car as being a hybrid between electric and conventional cars.

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