penser à [faire] / to think of [doing]

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penser à [faire] to think of [doing]

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JoanA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Does the form 'penser + noun' exist?

Or there must be a preposition in between noun and 'penser', which means only either 'penser à + noun' or 'penser de + noun' ?

If 'penser+noun' exist, how to differentiate 'penser+noun' and 'penser à + noun'? 

Let's say I have a Mathematic problem and I am thinking/reflecting on it, hoping to come out with a solution. It should be 'penser' the mathematic problem or 'penser à' the mathematic problem?

If I finally think of the solution, is it correct to use 'penser à' the solution?

Thank you

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Joan,

the verb penser always takes either à or de, never just a noun.

Je pense à Anne. -- I think of Anne.
À quoi tu penses? -- What are you thinking of?
This means thinking about something.


Qu'est-ce que tu pense de ce problème? -- What do you think of this problem?
This is in the sense of having an opinion about something.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Does the form 'penser + noun' exist?

Or there must be a preposition in between noun and 'penser', which means only either 'penser à + noun' or 'penser de + noun' ?

If 'penser+noun' exist, how to differentiate 'penser+noun' and 'penser à + noun'? 

Let's say I have a Mathematic problem and I am thinking/reflecting on it, hoping to come out with a solution. It should be 'penser' the mathematic problem or 'penser à' the mathematic problem?

If I finally think of the solution, is it correct to use 'penser à' the solution?

Thank you

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HannahA1Kwiziq community member

Penser à or de

I'm confused when to use penser à and when to use penser de, and why you would say "la fille à laquelle je pense" instead of "la fille dont je pense" 

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Hannah,

Penser à quelqu'un / à quelque chose is to think of someone or something,  in other words, it is something on your mind at this moment.

Je pense à nos vacances déjà! (I am already thinking of our holiday!)

J'ai beaucoup pensé à elle dernièrement. (I have  thought about her a lot latterly.)

You will use penser de when you want an opinion on something or someone. e.g.

Je pense du bien d'elle. (I think well of her.)

Qu'est-ce-que vous pensez de cette robe? (What do you think of/What's your opinion on this dress?)

Que penses-tu de ce film ? (What do you think of/What 's your opinion on this film?

Qu'est ce que tu penses de lui? (What's your opinion on him/What do you think of him)

Hope this helps!

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Hannah,

I agree wholeheartedly, to know which verb goes with which preposition can be a frustrating learning experience since there is no rule as far as I can tell.

In the case of penser, it is penser à quelqu'un.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Penser à or de

I'm confused when to use penser à and when to use penser de, and why you would say "la fille à laquelle je pense" instead of "la fille dont je pense" 

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