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Thinking about...

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking about + gerund phrase

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I'm thinking about having it shorter.

Explain

I'm thinking about having it shorter.

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Past

Now

Future

We use the phrase "...thinking about..." to tell the listener what someone is thinking of doing in the future. They have not made a decision. 

I'm thinking about going to Italy this summer.

I'm thinking about having sushi tonight.

We're thinking about starting a family.

My sister is thinking about leaving her job.

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Vocabulary - Nouns

Vocabulary - Verbs

Examples

Man with Beard
  • I'm thinking about shaving my beard.

  • I'm thinking about shaving off my beard.

*The 'off' emphasises that it will be completely removed​

shaving

Hair Model
  • I'm thinking about cutting my hair.​​

We can add a preposition at the end to add detail. 

  • I'm thinking about cutting my hair at the front.

  • I'm thinking about cutting my hair at the back.

  • I'm thinking about cutting my hair at the sides.

cutting

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  • I'm thinking about colouring my hair.​​

We can add an adjective to add detail. 

  • I'm thinking about colouring my hair red.

  • I'm thinking about colouring my hair black.

  • I'm thinking about colouring my hair brown.

colouring

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  • I'm thinking about trimming my hair.​​

We can add by + length to say how much. 

  • I'm thinking about trimming my hair by a few inches.

  • I'm thinking about trimming my hair by this much.

trimming

Girl with Long Hair

I'm thinking about straightening my hair.

Answer

I'm thinking about straightening my hair tomorrow.

Answer + tomorrow

straightening

Blond Woman

I'm thinking about dying my hair.

Answer

I'm thinking about dying my hair red.

Answer + red

I'm thinking about dying my hair at the tips.

Answer + at the tips

dying

Long Hair Portrait

I'm thinking about cutting my hair.

Answer

I'm thinking about cutting my hair by a few inches.

Answer + by + a few inches

I'm thinking about cutting my hair at the front.

Answer + at the front

cutting

Using it with the gerund 'having'

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking about + having + noun + adjective

Hair Stylist

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking about + having + noun + adjective

I + am + thinking about + having + my hair + shorter

I am thinking about having my hair shorter.

Hair

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking about + having + noun + adjective

I + am + thinking about + having + it + darker

I am thinking about having it darker.

Luscious Hair

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking about + having + noun + adjective

I'm thinking about having my hair shoulder length.

Answer

shoulder length

Hair Model

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking about + having + noun + adjective

I'm thinking about having my hair longer.

Answer

longer

brown hair flowing

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking about + having + noun + adjective

I'm thinking about having my hair curled.

Answer

curled

Other ways to say it...

Subject + verb 'be' + thinking of + gerund

We can replace 'about' with 'of'. 

  • I'm thinking of cutting my hair.

  • She's thinking of dying her hair.

  • We're thinking of going to Italy this year. 

What's the difference between 'about' and 'of'?

There isn't one. Pick which you like and use it.

Subject + verb 'be' + considering + gerund

We can replace 'thinking about / of' with 'considering'. 

  • I'm considering shaving my hair.

  • She's considering cutting her hair shorter.

  • We're considering moving to America next year. 

What's the difference between 'thinking about / of' and 'considering'?

If you say 'considering' it means the thing needs a lot of thought. It is used for 'big' decisions.

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