Student or Learner
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.
Last edited by keannu; 21-Nov-2012 at 15:31.
You mean both or one of them?
This "track of thought" is extending the analogy. Your "train" is stuck on this "track."
You can read "bubbling forth" as "bubbling up."
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.
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.