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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