1. Good morning prof
    I answered
    “Bob thinks of leaving …..”
    I didn’t use the present continous form. Why did I have to?

    1. Because it is not “habitual”, it is tied to the moment. “Sta pensando” in questo momento/periodo.

  2. Buongiorno,
    avevo votato ‘thinking to leave’. Vista la cortese offerta……perché non va bene?
    Provando a rispondermi da sola, ho pensato alla frase ‘I’M THINKING OF YOU’ e mi sono detta che forse think vuole ‘OF’ dopo e che dopo ‘OF’ devo mettere un gerundio??
    Grazie per le spiegazioni. Buona giornata!!

    1. Exactly. To think, in the sense of “contemplare, considerare”, is followed by either “of” or “about”, and since these are both prepositions, they must be followed by the gerund form in the case of a verb. 🙂


    La versione corretta è……….. (suspense)…………. :

    Bob is thinking of leaving after lunch tomorrow.

    (spiegazione su richiesta)

    1. I think I was right in my reply…or not?
      However, many thanks for your work about teaching us this interesting language!

      1. Hi Mirella. I can’t check individual answers but many people ahve made the mistake of choosing “is thinking to leave”. It’s the usdual probelm of mother tongue interference! Lol!

        P.S. In your comment you should tak out “about”. It doesn’t work in that context. 🙂

  4. for me, the right one is “is thinking to leave” but, I often use the simple present to talk about actions in the future, as we do in Italian. So, it would be interesting to see if
    I make a mistake all the time.

    1. Hi Valentina. “Think” here is not future but present (“leave” is future), and the present continuous is the right choice because “think” is being used as a dynamic verb in the sense of “contemplare”. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your choice is correct, though! 😉

    1. Non proprio in quanto il “pensare” è più un’azione presente (contemplare), semmai il “partire” sarà l’azione futura.

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