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    "do you have anything in your mind?"

    John: "Mary, what's the matter?"

    Mary: "I can't find my wallet in my handbag!
    Someone stole it! "

    John: "Wait a minute. Calm down, Mary. OK? Calm down.
    Do you have anything in your mind?
    Didn't you leave your wallet somewhere?
    In the toilet of the station, for example."

    Is there anything grammatically wrong with the above conversation?
    Does "do you have anything in your mind" work in the context?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: "do you have anything in your mind?"

    It works here because the person is asking whether there is anything in the person's head that might help here- any memory.


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    Re: "do you have anything in your mind?"

    tdol, thank you.


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    Re: "do you have anything in your mind?"

    Native speakers would not say this..... To have "something in mind" is an idiom but this isn't an apt opportunity for it. Yes, you'd be understood --- your hearer will figure out what you mean -- , but it's not idiomatic.

    John: I'm in the mood for something exotic for dinner.
    Mary: You have anything particular in mind?
    John: Maybe Thai or Vietnamese?


    ----------
    Ralph: Janet, I think we ought to ... err... try to deepen our relationship.
    Janet: Well ... gee Ralph, did you have anything in mind?
    Ralph: Oh YES, I sure did !!


    The idiom wouldn't apply when you're asking the other person to remember something he or she did in the past.

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    Re: "do you have anything in your mind?"

    To ebb:
    Native speakers would not say this..... To have "something in mind" is an idiom but this isn't an apt opportunity for it
    Would you be so kind and tell me, what idiom will native (especially Americans) speakers use for the meaning: "suddenly came something up in my mind"
    Last edited by zoriv; 15-Jan-2006 at 14:50.


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    Talking Re: "do you have anything in your mind?"

    an idea popped into my head

    i got the bright idea to.... [NB: Can be ironic or sarcastic, i.e. it wasn't so "bright" after all)

    the thought came to mind that....

    it suddenly occurred to me that....

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    Re: "do you have anything in your mind?"

    Thank You very much for the answer, Ebb.

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