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    You cast my mind to those days

    Is it correct to say:

    You cast my mind back to those days. Now, I feel like crying.

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    Re: You cast my mind to those days

    No. You cast your (own) mind back when you make a deliberate effort to recall things. You can ask somebody else to cast their mind back, but you cannot cast it for them.

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    #3

    Re: You cast my mind to those days

    So what can I say instead? You brought my mind back to the old days?

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    Re: You cast my mind to those days

    'That takes me back.'

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    Re: You cast my mind to those days

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    So what can I say instead? You brought my mind back to the old days?
    'Took' is more natural than 'brought'. You bring someone's thoughts back to the present, in my opinion.

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    Re: You cast my mind to those days

    'Made me remember the old days'/'Brought them to mind'/'Conjured them up'/'Evoked them'/... or, more dramatically, something like 'When you said that, for a moment I was back in the ...' or 'Your words made the old days come alive/brought them to life'.

    To amplify 5jj's example, the one who says 'casts' needn't be the one who thinks back; but there is always the sense of a deliberate effort of memory. I might say 'Cast your mind back to the time when...'

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