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    #1

    preposition

    Which version is correct?

    1) come up in my mind
    2) come up to my mind

  1. #2

    Re: preposition

    Neither one of those two sentences are correct.

    You need to provide a greater context for that type of question to receive a proper answer. A whole sentence is a good start, however, its usage in a paragraph is much more appropriate.

    Nothing comes to mind as a way to indicate to you what would be a better way to put your question.

    I have no epiphanies to share in your dilemma.

    No wild thoughts have revealed themselves within my mind to aid you.

    However, I believe that should we get together, we can brainstorm and derive an adequate solution.

    Should another solution come to mind in the mean time, I will edit this post and expound upon the subject.



    Wholeman


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    #3

    Re: preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Which version is correct?

    1) come up in my mind
    2) come up to my mind
    As previously mentioned...you should give us a sentence to evaluate, not a short phrase.

    However when you match "come" with a person's "mind", I cannot imagine a sentence using "come up"

    Sentences using "come up" in this way don't come to my mind.

    Similarly with respect I cannot imagine a sentence using "come in my mind" either.

    "come to mind" or "come to my mind" are reasonably common expressions

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    #4

    Re: preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Which version is correct?

    1) come up in my mind
    2) come up to my mind
    If one just considers the grammar, "come up in my mind" makes some sense, and would have the meaning of 'I think of something'. "come up to my mind" doesn't make sense.

    If you said 'If something comes up in my mind, I'll call you.', that would mean 'If I think of something, I'll call you.' I don't know if anyone says that, but if you did say it the person would understand your meaning.

    A better phrase, and one which is often used, is the one Wholeman suggested: 'If something comes to mind, I'll call you.'
    Of course, you can just say the very straightforward 'If I think of something, I'll call you.'


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    #5

    Re: preposition

    The whole sentence:

    So when you mentioned Ireland the first thing that came up in my mind was this movie.

  2. #6

    Re: preposition

    Therefore, when you mentioned Ireland, the first thing that came to my mind was this movie.

    There's your sentence.

    Wholeman

  3. #7

    Re: preposition

    I have one further thought to relay to you.

    I've been thinking in the back of my head for a while on the structure of your original request. You may be mistranslating the word you wanted.

    Sometimes a word in one language is translated straight over without the fine tuning that it should have.

    Brain does not equal mind in English.

    Brain is the physical form, the organ in your head. Your mind is more ethereal than physical. It is more your soul rather than the organ you think with.

    I hope that helps.

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