Common mistake thing vs. think

Common Mistake: thing vs. think

One common mistake that many people make is confusing the words "thing" and "think". While the two words may sound similar, they have completely different meanings and uses.

The word "thing"

The word "thing" is a noun that is used to refer to an object, an item, or an unspecified entity. It can be used to describe both concrete and abstract concepts.


  • I found a strange thing in the attic.
  • She has a knack for remembering things.
  • I can't find my keys. Can you help me look for them?

The verb "think"

On the other hand, the word "think" is a verb that is used to describe the mental process of forming thoughts and opinions. It involves using one's mind to consider, evaluate, and create ideas or concepts.


  • I think she is a great candidate for the job.
  • What do you think about the new movie?
  • He couldn't stop thinking about the mistake he had made.

It is important to pay attention to the context in which these words are used to avoid confusion and communicate effectively. While both "thing" and "think" may be pronounced similarly, their meanings and grammatical functions are distinct.

As with any writing, it is also crucial to proofread your work to ensure that you have used the correct word. Linguix grammar checker is an excellent tool that can help you spot and correct any mistakes you may have made, including confusion between "thing" and "think".

thing vs. think mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I could thing about that

    I could think about that

  • Incorrect:
    I thing you're right.

    I think you're right.

  • Correct:
    I use that to make sure I close things properly.
  • Incorrect:
    He wanted to thing about that.

    He wanted to think about that.

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