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    Is 'to express one's mind' close to 'to express one's thoughts' or to 'to express one's feelings'? Or is it basically different from the two?

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    Re: mind

    I've never heard (NA) 'express one's mind'. 'Express one's thoughts' and 'express one's feelings' certainly, but never that first one. We might 'express what's on one's mind' which is pretty much the same as the other two.

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    Re: mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Is 'to express one's mind' close to 'to express one's thoughts' or to 'to express one's feelings'? Or is it basically different from the two?
    "To speak one's mind" is fairly common and carries a similar meaning to the latter two expressions.

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    Re: mind

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    To me, to "speak your mind" has a hint that it's not asked for, or maybe not wanted, or in some other way may be dissonant.

    1: So we're settled then?
    2: Er.
    1: Wait, what?
    2: ...
    1: Speak your mind!

    I also googled and found this quote:

    "Be yourself and speak your mind today, though it contradict all you have said before." - Elbert Hubbard

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    Re: mind

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
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    rin some other way may be dissonant.
    Dissonant with what? With the thoughts/feelings of others? Or it might be self-contradictory? Or could it be either, depending on context (Your examples seem to show that it could be either)?

    By the way, it's 'express' not 'speak'. Would 'speak one's mind' be the same as 'express one's mind'? If so, would 'speak one's thoughts/feelings' also be possible?
    Last edited by Taka; 27-Mar-2012 at 23:03.

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    Re: mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    By the way, it's 'express' not 'speak'. Would 'speak one's mind' be the same as 'express one's mind'? If so, would 'speak one's thoughts/feelings' also be possible?
    The problem with the final part of your question is that none of us have ever heard the expression "to express one's mind" so it's not really possible to say if it's the same "to speak one's mind". In some contexts, "to express" might have the same meaning as "to speak" or "to say" but as your specific phrase doesn't sound natural to any of us, it's hard to tell.

    "To speak one's thoughts" is possible though I wouldn't say it's a common phrase.

    "To speak one's feelings" - no.

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