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Dear Ted:

Is it "to have a thing FOR something" or "to have a thing ABOUT something"?

Also, is it possible "to have a thing for/about SOMEONE"?

Again, thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is it "to have a thing FOR something" or "to have a thing ABOUT something"?

Also, is it possible "to have a thing for/about SOMEONE"?

*** YES, both are possible.  

EXAMPLES:

Jim has this thing FOR playing practical jokes on his friends.

Janice has a thing ABOUT boys with blond hair.

*** In the examples, both phrases [thing FOR and thing ABOUT] mean that Jim and Janice really LIKE something.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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