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    a track of thought

    1.What does this "track" in "a track of thought" mean? And how is it different from "train of thoughts"?
    2. I found "bubble up" in a dictionary, so what does "bubble forth" mean? "boiling or getting full to come out"?

    3-5)Sometimes you're facing a task at hand, you put too much pressure on your brain to come up with a solution to a problem.Your brain is so focused on the stress of needing to come up with a solution to the problem that it can't focus on creating an idea. It may seem like a contradiction, but you might be able to come up with a creative solution if you stop thinking about the problem. Sometimes your mind gets caught in a track of thought that it can't get out of. Get away from the problem, relax, take a walk and think about something else. Your brain will leave the nonproductive track it was caught in, and to your surprise, a creative solution may come bubbling forth.
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    #2

    Re: a track of thought

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    1.What does this "track" in "a track of thought" mean? And how is it different from "train of thoughts"?
    2. I found "bubble up" in a dictionary, so what does "bubble forth" mean? "boiling or getting full to come out"?

    3-5)Sometimes you're facing a task at hand, you put too much pressure on your brain to come up with a solution to a problem...Sometimes your mind gets caught in a track of thought that it can't get out of. Get away from the problem, relax, take a walk and think about something else. Your brain will leave the nonproductive track it was caught in, and to your surprise, a creative solution may come bubbling forth.
    I have never heard either.

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    Re: a track of thought

    You mean both or one of them?

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    Re: a track of thought

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    You mean both or one of them?
    I have never heard "a track of thought" or "bubbling forth".

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    Re: a track of thought

    This "track of thought" is extending the analogy. Your "train" is stuck on this "track."

    You can read "bubbling forth" as "bubbling up."

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    #6

    Re: a track of thought

    It's the first time I've heard "track of thought" though I would have assumed it meant the same as "train of thought". It sounds rather unnatural to me. I might say "I lost track of what I was saying" or "I think we're losing track of the issue at hand here", but I would say only "I'm losing my train of thought".

    "Bubbling forth" just means coming out as bubbles would if you put some frothy mixture in the bottom of a glass jar etc and then started to add water. The bubbles start to come out the top of the jar, initially only a few but then more until you have a steady stream of bubbles. We don't use "forth" very often - the main use is in "to spew forth" where the idea is of ideas or speech coming out very quickly. I associate it with the rush of lava coming from a volcano.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a track of thought

    I filled out the missing part, so could check out any part that seems to have been written by a non-native speaker? Otherwise, a native speaker might have made a mistake of "track of thought" or the Korean teacher of the school who gave this material probably miswrote it.

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    Re: a track of thought

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I have never heard either.
    Nor have I.

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