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    what's on your mind?

    What's on your mind?
    What do you have on your mind?
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    Do these two sentences mean:

    What are you thinking about?
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    Do they have the same meaning? or different?

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    It sugests that the person might be worried or troubled about something.

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    Excuse me. One spelling mistake there.

    And,

    I've heard another expression that is "What's in your mind?" Does it suggest that one might be thinking something right now?

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    Another question comes up in mind,

    • What are you thinking of?
      What are you thinking about?


    My comprehension:
    I am thinking of sth or sb means sth or sb just occurred to me.
    I am thinking about sth or sb suggests the details of sth or sb.

    For example,
    When you are talking about the poem, I think of Ron.
    ==> It didn't take me long to think of someone else but Ron. (a whole idea)


    I am thinking about the differences between "thinking of" and "thinking about"?
    ==> The question gets me confused. I try to think up any possibilities that might hinder comprehension. I've asked all of my friends here but they couldn't offer satisfying explanations. At the end, I found a rather good English Forum. (it's a information process that deals with more details.)

    Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Another question comes up in mind,

    • What are you thinking of?
      What are you thinking about?


    My comprehension:
    I am thinking of sth or sb means sth or sb just occurred to me.
    I am thinking about sth or sb suggests the details of sth or sb.

    For example,
    When you are talking about the poem, I think of Ron.
    ==> It didn't take me long to think of someone else but Ron. (a whole idea)
    I am thinking about the differences between "thinking of" and "thinking about"?
    ==> The question gets me confused. I try to think up any possibilities that might hinder comprehension. I've asked all of my friends here but they couldn't offer satisfying explanations. At the end, I found a rather good English Forum. (it's a information process that deals with more details.)

    Right?
    Imho, think of and think about can often be used interchangeably.

    I try not to think of him. OR I try not to think about him.
    I'm thinking of moving to Japan. OR I'm thinking about moving to Japan.

    However, ... :D :? :wink: there are certain set phrases in which they cannot be used interchangeably. For example:
    She's trying to think of a name for her new dog.

    BTW, thanks for the kiss on the cheek (if it's not wet). :D
    The other day my little granddaughter gave me a very wet kiss, and without thinking I raised my arm and wiped my cheek with my sleeve. She looked so disappointed that I said, "Honey, Grandma's not wiping your kiss off. She's rubbing it in." :wink:

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    Re: what's on your mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by zli79
    What's on your mind?
    What do you have on your mind?
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    Do these two sentences mean:

    What are you thinking about?
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    Do they have the same meaning? or different?
    They have the same meaning. The first is more common, IMO. :wink: [/quote]

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