Unit 131 Verb + Preposition 3 | about and of
동사 + 전치사 3
dream ABOUT . . . (when you are asleep)
- I dreamed about you last night.
dream OF/ABOUT being something / doing something = imagine
- Do you dream of/about being rich and famous?
(I) wouldn’t dream OF doing something = I would never do it
- “Don’t tell anyone what I said.” “No, I wouldn’t dream of it.” (= I would never do it)
hear ABOUT . . . = be told about something
- Did you hear about what happened at the club on Saturday night?
hear OF . . . = know that somebody/something exists
- “Who is Tom Hart?” “I have no idea. I’ve never heard of him.” (not heard from him)
hear FROM . . . = receive a letter, phone call, or a message from somebody
- “Have you heard from Jane lately?” “Yes, she called a few days ago.”
C think ABOUT . . . and think OF . . .
When you think ABOUT something, you consider it, you concentrate your mind on it:
- I’ve thought about what you said, and I’ve decided to take your advice.
- “Will you lend me the money?” “I’ll think about it.”
When you think OF something, the idea comes to your mind:
- He told me his name, but I can’t think of it now. (not think about it)
- That’s a good idea. Why didn’t I think of that? (not think about that)
We also use think of when we ask or give an opinion:
- “What did you think of the film?” “I didn’t think much of it.” (= I didn’t like it much)
The difference is sometimes very small and you can use of or about:
- When I’m alone, I often think of (or about) you.
You can say think of or think about doing something (for possible future actions):
- My sister is thinking of (or about) going to Canada. (= she is considering it)
remind somebody ABOUT . . . = tell somebody not to forget
- I’m glad you reminded me about the meeting. I had completely forgotten about it.
remind somebody OF . . . = cause somebody to remember
- This house reminds me of the one I lived in when I was a child.
- Look at this picture of Richard. Who does he remind you of?
complain (TO somebody) ABOUT . . . = say that you are not satisfied
- We complained to the manager of the restaurant about the food.
complain OF a pain, an illness, etc. = say that you have a pain, etc.
- We called the doctor because George was complaining of a pain in his stomach.
warn somebody ABOUT a person or thing which is bad, dangerous, unusual, etc.
- I knew he was a strange person. I had been warned about him. (not warned of him)
- Vicky warned me about the traffic. She said it would be bad.
warn somebody ABOUT/OF a danger, something bad which might happen later
- Scientists have warned us about/of the effects of global warming.
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