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Think them seriously

Postby seankorea » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:13 am

Hi, NET in Korea here needing a bit of grammar help to explain to Korean coteachers... I'm getting asked what is the difference between "I knew some of the tips, but I did not think about them seriously" and "I knew some of the tips, but I did not think them seriously".

To me, "think them seriously" sounds weird and should be "take them seriously" I wrong in that assumption? I've just never used or really came across "think them seriously".

I've kind of thought that in this situation, 'think' needs a preposition to further clarify it, making "think them seriously" incorrect. The verb 'take' doesn't have the same limitations.

Would that be right?

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Re: Think them seriously

Postby Alan » Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:34 am

You are correct!

You could either THINK them SERIOUS, or TAKE them SERIOUSLY - although, meaning-wise the latter would probably be more suitable.

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