The phrasal verb, "think about", is used very often and if you listen to some native speakers talking, you will almost certainly hear them use it at least once during their conversation.
"Think about" has several meanings, but one of its common meanings is "to consider doing something".
Read the conversations below to see how to use "think about" with this meaning.
Verbs of similar meaning:
consider doing; contemplate doing
1. think about +ing (present tense)
Dave is talking to Candice about New Year's resolutions.
Candice: What are your New Year's resolutions this year, Dave?
Dave: Every year I think about joining a gym, but I never do. Maybe I’ll finally do it this time!
Candice: You really should. Going to the gym is really good for you.
Jack: I’ll think about it. I just worry that I would pay all that money and never go because I'm so lazy.
Candice: Well, maybe it's time to change!
2. thinking about +ing (present continuous)
Emma is drinking coffee in Starbucks and writing something on her computer. Her friend Robert comes into the cafe, sees her and comes over to say hello.
Robert: Hey Emma. How’s it going?
Emma: Robert! Good thanks. You?
Robert: Just came to grab a latte. I have to get back home to study. Just taking a quick break. out for a quick stroll. Do you come here every day?
Emma: Yeah. Most days.
Robert: Really? Studying?
Emma: I should be, but, I’m thinking about writing a novel so I'm making a plan right now.
Robert: Wow. That’s cool.
Emma: Yeah. But, it’s a lot of work.
Robert: Well, I should let you get back to your writing. See you in class tomorrow.
Emma: See ya. Have a great weekend!
Robert: Thanks. You, too.
3. thought about +ing (past tense)
Greg and Jane are talking about their ex-boyfriends.
Jane: My ex keeps texting me.
Greg: Why don’t you just block him.
Jane: I don’t know. I kind of like that he still wants me.
Greg: I thought about going back to my ex after he cheated on me, but I’m glad I decided not to. Now I’m with a much nicer guy.
Jane: I guess you’re right. I need to find me a nice guy!
4. be thinking about +ing (past continuous)
Ursula calls her friend Mohammed to ask if he has plans for the weekend.
Ursula: Hi Mohammed. How’re you?
Mohammed: Good, good. Say, what’re you up to today?
Ursula: Well, I was thinking about going grocery shopping, but I’m really tired so I think I’m just going to relax and watch TV today.
Mohammed: Fancy meeting up for coffee?
Ursula: Thanks, but I'm really tired. I think I'm going to stay home.
Mohammed: No problem. Rest up! See you soon.
Ursula: Sure. I'll text you.
Mohammed: Ok. See you later.
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