Interested in Language
What is the meaning of this statement?
1. That is what troubled me.
2. That is what I had in mind.
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.
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.
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."
The following exchange might take place:
A. I am thinking of a number between one and ten. What is it?
C: Yes, that's exactly the number I had in mind!