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I've been looking through some text written by Russian native speaker. And I've encountered this phrase: "Why don’t people consider what they do?"

I've read this and it feels like something is very wrong with placing "consider" there.
I translated the word from English to my language and I found out that that word also has a meaning "think". But I guess "consider" doesn't fit properly here anyway. At least it sounds very strange for me. I feel like this word has a meaning a bit different from just plain "think"

Am I right? Or "consider" fits in this context nicely?


It fits. It's a synonym in this context of "think about". So, it means

Why don't people think about what they do?

It's an expression of regret that people do things without considering (thinking about) the likely results.

  • Ok, thank you. I don't think (consider 👍🏻) that I feel the difference, but I will bear that in mind – JustLearn Nov 13 '20 at 1:51
  • Ok; remember there is a difference between "think" and "think about". Only the latter is replaceable by "consider". – Jack O'Flaherty Nov 13 '20 at 1:54
  • What's the difference? – JustLearn Nov 13 '20 at 2:38
  • For example, I can say "I think you like Call of Duty more than Battlefield". There's no "think about" meaning but as I guess it's still replaceable – JustLearn Nov 13 '20 at 2:41
  • No, in that sentence, "consider" doesn't quite work.Also not all cases of "think about" and "consider" are interchangeable. I suggest you look the words up in a few dictionaries, and consider / think about the example sentences. – Jack O'Flaherty Nov 13 '20 at 3:34

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