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how can I correctly say:

I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me there.

This sentence looks like that I thought about asking my girlfriend to marry me in someplace when I want to actually say that I thought about proposing my girlfriend there.

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Some sentences do have a duality of meaning, it doesn't mean they are wrong. For example "I went to work on a train" could mean either you travelled to work on a train or you were employed on it.

If you want it to be clearer you should use different wording:

I thought about proposing (marriage) to my girlfriend there.

I thought about asking my girlfriend if we could get married there.

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    I went to work on a train has a potential third meaning, too. A mechanic might start working on, say, the underside of a train, without ever setting foot inside the carriage. – J.R. May 2 at 17:21
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    The British novelist Fay Weldon is supposed to have invented a well known advertising slogan "Go to work on an egg". – Michael Harvey May 2 at 17:29

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