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    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    During the first day or so of any tour there are moments of bitterness when the traveler feels more than coldly towards his knapsack, when he is half in a mind to throw it bodily over the hedge.

    half a mind = an inclination that is not definite or resolute


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    Default Re: half a mind

    You're correct.

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    Default Re: half a mind

    Half a mind, not half of a mind.
    I've half a mind to throw that out.



    nota teacher

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    Default Re: half a mind

    Quote Originally Posted by JTRiff View Post
    Half a mind, not half of a mind.
    I've half a mind to throw that out.



    nota teacher
    More pertinently, "in half a mind" not "half in a mind".

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    Default Re: half a mind

    You have half a mind to ..
    You are half in mind to ...

    The second is far less common, but it is used

    half in a mind to ...
    exists, but has rarely been used since the 1930s
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Jun-2011 at 06:40. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: half a mind

    Thank you all of you for your helpful commentaries.

    V.

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    Smile Re: half a mind

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You have half a mind to ..
    You are half in mind to ...

    The second is far less common, but it is used

    half in a mind to ...
    exists, but has rarely been used since the 1930s
    what is the diffirence between half in a mind to and he is not sure,is it the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarah GREEK View Post
    what is the diffirence between half in a mind to and he is not sure,is it the same?
    'Half in a mind' is rarely used. Forget it.

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