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    Default an idea to

    Can't "have an idea to" be used in two ways:
    A-To express a scheme, a plan, a method:

    (1-I have an idea to launch this new product.
    Meaning the same as:
    2-I have an idea for launching this new product.)

    and:

    B-To have as an intention or half-intention:

    (3-I have an idea to slap him in the face.
    Meaning:
    4-I want to slap him in the face.
    I don't think 3 is clear as to whether I'll do it or not

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    Default Re: an idea to

    B. To feel inclined to do something: have a good mind, have half a mind
    1. I have an idea to slap him in the face. (Not OK)
    2. I have a good mind to slap him in the face. (OK)
    3. I have half a mind to slap him in the face. (OK)

    :)

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