#ENGTRIVIA: “on one’s mind” vs. “in one’s mind”

What do you have in mind, fellas? You’ve been on my mind lately and I hope you all are doing well. There are two different phrases in the previous sentence. Can you spot the difference? Yup! It’s “on one’s mind” and “in one’s mind.

 

“On one’s mind”

This phrase indicates worry or preoccupation. It may imply: thinking a lot.

  • Example: “You’ve been on my mind lately.”
    • Meaning: I’ve been thinking about you.
  • Example: “You look worried. What’s on your mind?
    • Meaning: What is bothering you?

 

“In one’s mind”

This phrase is used to mean “in your imagination.”

  • Example:
    • A: Dad! I just saw an UFO passing by on the sky.
    • B: Oh, boy. It’s just in your mind.

The meaning of “in your imagination” doesn’t apply in all cases. “In one’s mind” can be used to convey about our thoughts.

  • Example:
    • In my mind, Civil War is better than Age of Ultron.”

There is another phrase: “in mind.”

We can use “in mind” when asking someone’s opinion or what they’re thinking of doing.

  • Example:
    • A: Want to go out and watching movie?
    • B: Sure. Do you have anything in mind?
    • A: Let’s watch Split.

Now, let’s take a look at this following sentence:

  • Example:
    • “Bear in mind that I don’t eat meat because I’m a vegetarian.”

In the previous sentence, “in mind” or precisely “bear in mind” means: to remember an information.

 

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

 

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