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    Default On mind and in mind

    Hi,
    What's difference between "have in mind" and " have on mind"?
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    Default Re: On mind and in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Hi,
    What's difference between "have in mind" and " have on mind"?
    Thanks in advance
    have something in mind:
    to be thinking about something as a possibility (usually used in questions) 'I thought we might eat out tonight.' 'Where did you have in mind?' I think that's probably what he had in mind.

    have someone or something on one's mind and have someone or something on the brain (More informal with brain.): to think often about someone or something; to be obsessed with someone or something. Bill has chocolate on his mind. John has Mary on his mind every minute. Karen has Ken on the brain.

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    Default Re: On mind and in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    have something in mind:
    to be thinking about something as a possibility (usually used in questions) 'I thought we might eat out tonight.' 'Where did you have in mind?' I think that's probably what he had in mind.

    have someone or something on one's mind and have someone or something on the brain (More informal with brain.): to think often about someone or something; to be obsessed with someone or something. Bill has chocolate on his mind. John has Mary on his mind every minute. Karen has Ken on the brain.
    Thanks for your help.
    Would it be correct if I said that "I have sth in my mind"?

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    Default Re: On mind and in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Thanks for your help.
    Would it be correct if I said that "I have sth in my mind"?
    No, the idioms are "I have something in mind" or "I have something on my mind".

    You could say "I have lots of ideas in my mind". That's a valid usage, but it's not idiomatic; it's a normal use of the words, not a fixed saying. But "I have sth in my mind" doesn't sound right.

    What's the word for non-idiomatic, meaning perfectly acceptable, but not an idiom?
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    Default Re: On mind and in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, the idioms are "I have something in mind" or "I have something on my mind".

    You could say "I have lots of ideas in my mind". That's a valid usage, but it's not idiomatic; it's a normal use of the words, not a fixed saying. But "I have sth in my mind" doesn't sound right.

    What's the word for non-idiomatic, meaning perfectly acceptable, but not an idiom?
    Thank you.
    I don't know. What's that word?

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    Default Re: On mind and in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Thank you.
    I don't know. What's that word?
    We'll have to wait for Raymott to answer this question?

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    Default Re: On mind and in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    We'll have to wait for Raymott to answer this question?
    I don't know. I was hoping someone could tell me!
    I don't think there is such a word.

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