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Which is more correct?

How do you think about me? or How you think about me?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

As referenced in this answer to another question, "Wh- words like who or when or how or why require inversion and DO-support only when the clauses they head are formal questions."

In this case, you are using a wh- word ("how") in a question, so DO-support is required, and therefore your first version is correct.


It seems very likely that you have the wrong wh- word. It looks as if you want to ask someone what their opinion of you is; that is, you want an answer like "I think you're very smart" or "You're a really nice guy". In this case, you really need to ask "What do you think about me?", or more normally, "What do you think of me?"

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+1 But I realized on reading this that the sentence you quoted could be misunderstood; so I rewrote it in situ and have taken the liberty of making the same correction to your quotation. – StoneyB Aug 23 '14 at 15:33
Yes, but Google Books confirms my first thought. "What do you think about him":22K, "What do you think of him":300K. It's a pretty decisive preference overall. – FumbleFingers Aug 23 '14 at 16:13
@FumbleFingers, I thought about making that additional correction, but "about" felt reasonable enough that tweaking it didn't seem warranted. I'll add a note about it. – Hellion Aug 23 '14 at 18:14
Thank you very much What about: How do men think about women? Yes, my question about Do-support – Iman Aug 24 '14 at 4:03

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