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Which is more correct?

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

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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.

However!

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 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 at 16:13
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@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 at 18:14
    
Thank you very much What about: How do men think about women? Yes, my question about Do-support –  Iman Aug 24 at 4:03

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