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|Kanji in this term|
- May be cognate with 面 (omo, “face”), from the sense of how one's emotions appear on one's face.
- May be cognate with 重 (omo, “weight”), from the sense of weighing different options. Compare similar derivations of English ponder (as in “to weigh; to think”) and ponderous (as in “heavy, weighty”).
- to think, to deem
- Watashi wa Tanaka-sensei no kurasu wa totemo omoshirokatta to omoimasu.
- I think that Tanaka-sensei's classes were very interesting.
A pattern with which this verb is often used is:
- (私は + ) [sentence] + (と + 思う /思っている).
- When ending in 思う, the pattern expresses opinions which the speaker holds at the time of speaking.
- When ending in 思っている, the pattern expresses opinions which the speaker has had since sometime in the past.
While both 思う (omou) and synonym 考える (kangaeru) can be used to mean to think, omou may include more emotional and subjective overtones, whereas kangaeru implies more analytic and objective thought.
- 考える (kangaeru)
- 1988, 国語大辞典（新装版） (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
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- ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3
- ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0