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    change ones mind/ change somebodys mind

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

    I can always change my mind about going on this trip.

    change one’s mind = change one’s opinion

    But Jasmine persisted “Can’t you do anything to change his mind?”

    change somebody’s mind = compel s.o. to change their opinion

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    Re: change ones mind/ change somebodys mind

    Persuade is the usual idea, not compel. Unless it's a bunch of mobsters talking.

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    Re: change ones mind/ change somebodys mind

    compel = to force, drive, or constrain: Duty compelled the soldiers to volunteer for the mission.

    compel = to exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: "The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people" (Barry Lopez).

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    Re: change ones mind/ change somebodys mind

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    compel = to force, drive, or constrain: Duty compelled the soldiers to volunteer for the mission.

    compel = to exert a strong, irresistible force on; sway: "The land, in a certain, very real way, compels the minds of the people" (Barry Lopez).
    Quite.

    But Jasmine persisted Cant you do anything to change his mind?

    Persuade is the usual idea, not compel. Unless it's a bunch of mobsters talking

    Now, where have I seen that before?

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