Lesson 2 - Think / I'm Thinking

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Lesson 2 - I think/I'm thinking

Students can easily confuse the simple present with present progressive .
I’ve seen it quite often with the verb “ think” : I think with I’m thinking . What is the difference?

One difference is the kind of thinking
If you want to talk about the opinion, use I think that is simple present, for example
I think this is a family movie
I think this is a good magazine
I think it’s very difficult to write in Japanese
When you use “think” to talk about opinions, you can simply use “ I think” or “I think that”

But if you are talking about the process of thinking and “think” means something close to decide, consider, reflect, then you need to use present progressive I’m thinking
For example, I might say “ we are thinking of taking a trip to Canada. We haven’t decided yet but we are thinking about it.
So we are considering the idea of taking the trip, the process of thinking about it
Here is another example , with the calculator
“SHH, I’m thinking “

So telling you to be quiet because I don’t want you to interrupt the process of my thinking . Get it ?
Example :
R1 :Why are you sitting here in the dark ? Are you trying to sleep?
R2:No, I’m thinking about work. There have been so many changes lately. I’m not sure I like them. Maybe, it’s time to find a new job.
In this exchange “I’m thinking” means I’m reflecting on all the changes at work.
So in those examples , the difference was the kind of thinking.
Again, the opinion require “ I think”- the simple present and process of thinking require the present progressive “ I’m thinking “

Another difference is time .
If you are talking about all the time in general use simple present “ I think” ,
For example : Let say I’m writing to my friend and I write “ Hello Tracy, I just want to let you know that I think of you often . I’m sorry I haven’t written for you for a while

“I think of you often”, so I think of her a lot . Thought of her in my mind all the time or in general.
But consider this example . My friend is in hospital and I pick up the phone and I say
”Hi, How are you ? I’m thinking of you”.
I want to let her know that right now, thoughts of her is in my mind.
Ok , let’s review the differences:
We use simple present to express opinion or to talk about our thoughts in the general present

We use present progressive “ I’m thinking” to describe how we consider or reflect on something or to talk about our thoughts at the time of speaking meaning right now
Here is the final note in grammar. Do we say “ I think that / I think of or I think about ?
Let’s talk about those differences
Use “ that” to introduce a clause ( a whole idea with both a subject and a verb)
for example : I think that it’s difficult to write in Japanese. The clause in this statement is “ it’s difficult to write in Japanese
Use Of/ About to introduce a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase.

Do you often think about Henry? (Henry is a noun)
Are you thinking of him right now ? (Him is a pronoun)
Kathy still thinks of her old boyfriend Henry (her old boyfriend Henry is noun phrase
How do you know when to choose About or Of ?
You can think about or think of something. There’s usually no difference.
Example: What do you think about the new boss ?
What do you think of the new boss ?
Both questions mean “tell me your opinion of the new boss.

But consider these examples:
Can you think of someone who can help?
I need to think about all the possibilities before I make a decision.
In these 2 examples, you must use given positions
Be careful ! Infinitives and imperatives will not use the progressive.
For example, we say
Think about it.
Please let me think
I want to think about it
I need you to think of a solution
Let’s try an exercise
In this exercise we read each dialogue then choose the correct verb to complete the statement.

For example read this dialogue to yourself and I tell you the answer
Wendy : Have you seen all the James Bond films?
Jake: I have and I think that Sean Connery made the best James Bond.
Co-worker 1: How are the kids?
Co-worker 2: Good, thanks. You know I often think that parenting is harder than any office job.
Salesperson : Have you decided?
Customer : I’m not sure
Salesperson: I think the coat look great on you. And it’s on sale today

Roommate 1: Let’s turn on the TV
Roommate 2: Shh… not now. I’m thinking. I need quiet to finish this math problem.
Student 1: How did you like class today?
Student 2: Our teacher explained things well, but I think that German grammar is difficult in general.
Husband: Why are you crying ?
Wife : I know it’s silly, but I’m thinking of getting older, and I feel sad that all good things have to end.
Husband: Don’t think of such sad things!
Magician: Think of number between 1 and 100
Child: Okay

Magician: Are you thinking of 43?
Child : no, 71. I guess you can’t really do magic
Son : Dad, what are you thinking? You have the funniest expression on your face right now
Father: Do I? I just realized that I look and sound exactly like my own father when he was my age
Businessman 1: Do you want to make a deal?
Businessman 2: Let me think about it
Eve: Do you really want to break up with me?

Brian : I care for you , Eve, but I need time to think
David: Is your family really going to move to California ?
Claire: maybe. My parents are thinking about it because my father got a very good job offer in Los Angeles.
Ok. Thank for watching .Happy studies !


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