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What is the difference between (ponder) and (consider)?

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Re: What is the difference between (ponder) and (consider)?

Postby edonnelly » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:26 pm

Some might feel that "consider" involves more focused thinking about something while "ponder" means more randomness to the thought process. e.g., when she "considers" the situation, she is sitting at her desk, looking at paperwork about it, making notes and similar things, but while she "ponders" the situation she's lying on the beach, looking up at the clouds, casually thinking about the situation. All of that may be stretching things, though, and I think most speakers and writers would use the two terms synonymously.
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Re: What is the difference between (ponder) and (consider)?

Postby jswilkmd » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:28 pm

I think the biggest difference between the words is that "consider" implies making a decision of some sort, whereas "ponder" simply means to think in depth about something, without necessarily the need to decide something.
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Re: What is the difference between (ponder) and (consider)?

Postby spiphany » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:47 pm

Perhaps I'm being obtuse here, but why is this in the "learning Greek" forum?
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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