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"It's more like not forgetting (about) death than thinking about it.

Do I need the "about"? Why or why not?

Not "forgetting death" turns up more Google results. However, I've heard phrases like "don't forget about me" and adding "about" kinda adds symmetry to the sentence. But, I'm not very sure.

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  • To forget (about) something also means to stop thinking about something. The sentence doesn't make sense as "not forgetting (about ) something = thinking about it. Why do you want to repeat the same sense? – Khan Nov 1 '15 at 3:33
  • I don't see any problem with It's more like not forgetting about death than thinking about it. Google result and Ngram gives more result for "thinking about death" – Usernew Nov 1 '15 at 6:29
  • We attempt to eliminate the grammar tag. (Almost) Please don't tag your questions with it. See A proposed solution to the Grammar dilemma – M.A.R. Nov 4 '15 at 17:25
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'Forget' meaning 'stop thinking about something or someone ' can be followed by the direct object or the preposition 'about'. Both examples are correct. See Dictionary.cambridge.org.

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