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    That was on my mind

    What is the meaning of this statement?

    1. That is what troubled me.

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    2. That is what I had in mind.

    or

    3. Something else?


    I would vote for the interpretaion number 1 and number 1 only, but then again this fragment of a very popular song "you are always on my mind" suggests that interpretation number 2 is also correct.

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    Re: That was on my mind

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    What is the meaning of this statement?

    1. That is what troubled me.

    or

    2. That is what I had in mind.

    or

    3. Something else?


    I would vote for the interpretaion number 1 and number 1 only, but then again this fragment of a very popular song "you are always on my mind" suggests that interpretation number 2 is also correct.
    "You were always on my mind" means "I was thinking about you all the time".

    I have something on my mind = something is troubling me/I am a little worried about something.
    This is what I had in mind = this is what I was thinking about/this was the idea I had.

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    Re: That was on my mind

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "You were always on my mind" means "I was thinking about you all the time".

    I have something on my mind = something is troubling me/I am a little worried about something.
    This is what I had in mind = this is what I was thinking about/this was the idea I had.
    Thank you, but I hoped to establish a link between the expression in the subject matter of my thread and the two proposed interpretations (or the lack thereof)

    Let me put my question in a context. Let's imagine this conversation:

    A. My husband went on a business trip to some African country ... I don't quite remember which now.
    B. Angola?
    C. Yes! That was on my mind.

    My question is whether this use of "on my mind" is acceptable. I have a gut feeling that it is not, but in view of "you are always on my mind" I am not so sure. However my bet is: "C. Yes! That is what I had in mind."

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    Re: That was on my mind

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    Thank you, but I hoped to establish a link between the expression in the subject matter of my thread and the two proposed interpretations (or the lack thereof)

    Let me put my question in a context. Let's imagine this conversation:

    A. My husband went on a business trip to some African country ... I don't quite remember which now.
    B. Angola?
    C. Yes! That was on my mind.

    My question is whether this use of "on my mind" is acceptable. I have a gut feeling that it is not, but in view of "you are always on my mind" I am not so sure. However my bet is: "C. Yes! That is what I had in mind."
    I understand what you're getting at, but at C I would not use any phrase containing the word "mind". If at B the speaker had successfully suggested Angola, I would simply say "Yes! That's the one!" or "Yes! That was it!"

    The following exchange might take place:

    A. I am thinking of a number between one and ten. What is it?
    B. Seven?
    C: Yes, that's exactly the number I had in mind!

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