I emptied my mind of all thoughts of home.

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1. I emptied my mind of all thoughts of home.
2. I emptied all thoughts of home from my mind.

I made the two sentences to mean the same thing. Are they both correct?
 

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They are, but I prefer the first for some reason.
 

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@diamondcutter Granted, those sentences are in the past tense, but if you say you are not thinking about something what are you doing?
 

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I’m thinking about nothing.:)
 

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@diamondcutter If I say I am not thinking about home then I am thinking about home. (How could it be otherwise?) What if I said I'm not thinking about elephants? You might say, "But you just said the word " elephants". You have to be thinking about elephants. There's no way you couldn't be."

Some statements are like that. They are by their very nature untrue.
 
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