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05 / 03 / 2009

THINK OF-3: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we continue with our review of the meanings and uses of the phrasal verb think of.

Today's expression is (continued): to think of something or somebody

Meaning 3: to remember something (especially common with modal verb can).

Example 3:
I'm sorry. It doesn't matter how hard I try, I can't think of her name. If I think of it, I'll call you.

Meaning 4: to imagine an actual or a possible situation.

Example 4:
I know you have lost your job and can't pay the rent this month, but don't worry! I wouldn't think of kicking you out of the flat. (= I wouldn't even consider it)

Example 5:
I think it's better not to go to China for our holidays this summer. Just think of the expense!

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