is thinking to go to

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"The professor is thinking to go to the conference on aerodynamics next month."

Hi, Coco:

What you should say is this:

  • The professor is thinking about going to the conference on aerodynamics next month.

    'To consider doing something' is the same thing as 'think about doing something.'
    _______

    Now, an interesting thing is happening in our language. I think many people are beginning to say, 'I am thinking to go....' This may be because in some languages, 'think about going' is said in the form of 'think to go.' Then speakers of those languages translate the phrase to the English equivalent. I know that I hear this phrase a lot from some English speakers in the city where I live, where there are many, many Spanish speakers. Spanish speakers do say, 'think to go.'

    But, even though 'think to go' may be entering the language, it is still not considered correct or idiomatic English.

    'Think about going' is.
  • I was taught that we have progressive and non-progressive verbs (action and non-action, respectively) and that we cannot use a non-progressive verb with the -ing form in both the present and past progressive. "Think" is a non-progressive verb, so we cannot use it with the -ing form neither in the present nor in the past progressive tense. So you would say "I thought about it" to an action that is no longer happening and "I have been thinking about it" to an action that started in the past and continues to be true in the present.  

     

    Oscar,

    Welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

    While all members are welcome to provide helpful comments to any thread, or ask further questions of their own, as long as they are closely related to the question in the original post of the thread, I must point out that this thread had been dormant for well over seven years, and that of all the people that posted on the thread, only Cocoricot is currently active on the forum.

    You wrote:

    So you would say "I thought about it" to an action that is no longer happening and "I have been thinking about it" to an action that started in the past and continues to be true in the present.

    I completely agree with this statement, but I'm not sure how it relates to the discussion in this thread.

    As to the rest of your post, I find your terminology quite confusing.  You appear to use "progressive" to mean something other than what it normally means in discussions of grammar, and you contradict yourself with regard to the word "action".

    Or, perhaps I am misunderstanding you.  Was there an implied question in your post?

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