Phrasal Verbs – think

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to think’ combined with particles:

‘to think ahead’ means to make plans or arrangements for the future.

  • Just concentrate on today and try not to think too far ahead.
  • We’re already thinking ahead to what will happen after the elections.

‘to think back’ means to look back over things that have happened.

  • When I think back on what I did, I feel embarrassed.
  • Think back to when I first lived here and what the house was like then.

‘to think of’ a fact or something that exists means you know it and can suggest it to someone else.

  • I can’t think of any examples of something he has done well.
  • Can you think of any reason I should do it? I’m not going to get paid.

‘to think of’ also means to consider the possibility of doing something.

  • I’m thinking of going to Portugal for the holidays.
  • He’s thinking of starting his own business.

‘to think out’ means to prepare or plan something fully before you start doing it.

  • He obviously hadn’t thought it out properly before starting.
  • It was very well thought out. He had obviously spent a lot of time on it.

‘to think over’ means to consider something carefully before deciding.

  • We’ve got all the information we need. We’d like to think it over.
  • I just needed a bit of time to think it over before I told him what I had decided.

‘to think through’ means to consider something carefully with all the possible consequences.

  • It sounds like a good idea but we need to think it through to see if it will work.
  • I haven’t had time to think it through at all. I don’t know what will happen.

‘to think up’ means to create something using your imagination.

  • I don’t want to go to their party but I can’t think up an excuse.
  • We’ll have to think up a very good reason why we didn’t make the deadline.


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Jan 1, 2011, 9:22 am

Try to make up sentences about things you know using the expressions.

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Jan 1, 2011, 12:04 pm

What about “think about” ?? Is it used it in the same way as “think of”?


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