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grammar question on "consider + ing" vs. "con

 
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raewon



Joined: 16 Jun 2009

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:01 pm    Post subject: grammar question on "consider + ing" vs. "con Reply with quote

A bit late, but happy New Year everyone.

Here is my first question of 2015!

a) Have you ever considered of being a teacher?
b) Have you ever considered being a teacher?
c) Have you ever thought of being a teacher?

I don't have any problems with (b) or (c), but is it grammatically correct to use "of" in sentence (a)? It sounds odd to my ears. In one grammar book (in the section of ing vs. infinitive form, I found "consider + v-ing" with no mention about "of" (doesn't mean it's wrong though).

On the net, there are many examples of "considered of ~ing". For example, I found: Have you ever considered of changing your occupation?

Could this be a case of American English vs. British English?

Thanks for any replies to this question.
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schwa



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Option a), to my ear, sounds flat out wrong. Raised on Canadian english, I've usually at least heard most existing Brit & American variations, but this one never.

I speculate its a mistaken back-formation from option c)?
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The Cosmic Hum



Joined: 09 May 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

schwa wrote:
Option a), to my ear, sounds flat out wrong. Raised on Canadian english, I've usually at least heard most existing Brit & American variations, but this one never.

I speculate its a mistaken back-formation from option c)?

I agree with Schwa on this.

Not sure, but perhaps this topic is dealing with which verbs take prepositions to form phrasal verbs. So far as I know, 'consider' is not one of them...yet.
Phrasal verbs are numerous and very elastic, so it is not easy to say what new 'phrases' are getting added with the passage of time.

It's a cross of 'thought of' with consider.

The same thing happens with consider about getting crossed with 'think about'.
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