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thinking of buying vs. thinking to buy #1 (permalink) Sat Apr 19, 2008 13:29 pm   thinking of buying vs. thinking to buy
 

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ESL/EFL Test #65 "How to ask a question", question 8

When are you thinking of buying a ......... washing machine?

(a) novel
(b) new
(c) recent
(d) actual

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #65 "How to ask a question", answer 8

When are you thinking of buying a new washing machine?

Correct answer: (b) new
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What should I use:
"When you are thinking to buy"
or "When you are thinking of buying"
and why

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Thinking of buying and thinking to buy #2 (permalink) Sat Apr 19, 2008 13:53 pm   Thinking of buying and thinking to buy
 

Thinking is usually followed by the preposition 'of', even like 'suffering from'.

So here it should be 'thinking of'.

Going to gets the particle to and the infinitve phrase 'to get' or 'to buy' can be used.

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thinking of buying vs. thinking to buy #3 (permalink) Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:32 am   thinking of buying vs. thinking to buy
 

Hi Boris,

'Thinking of' in the context of your sentence has the idea of 'considering'. 'Thinking to buy' means you have thought about the idea of doing something and now it is your intention to do it.

You can say: I am thinking of buying a new car and I am thinking to buy a smaller car.

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