Can someone explain me in a simple way what's the difference between OF and ABOUT when they're use with HEAR, THINK, TALK, etc?
- ellyphant December 2014
I'm not aware of any practical differences between "of" and "about" in the above examples. Strictly speaking, when you hear/think/talk "of" an object, the topic is strictly that object. When you hear/think/talk about an object, the topic might include things related to the object.
For example, if I say "I heard of the rivers in Italy," that simply means I know the rivers in Italy exist. If I say "I heard about the rivers in Italy," that implies that I received information related to the rivers.