Today’s student question is “What’s the difference between ‘in mind’ and ‘on my mind’?”
These phrases look very similar, but they’re actually used slightly differently in English.
We use “in mind” for general thoughts/ideas, especially about a project. Maybe you want to improve your house, and you have a few things in mind – you want to paint the walls, make the kitchen nicer, etc. Those are general ideas that you have.
We use “on my mind” for things we’re actively thinking about a lot, and/or we’re worried about them. If my best friend is in the hospital, I could say “she’s been on my mind lately” because I’m thinking a lot about her and hoping she gets better soon.
In mind – for general thoughts/ideas; on my mind – for things/people we’re thinking or worrying about a lot.
Well, I always have lots of lesson ideas in mind for Espresso English, but if you want to send a question for these ask the teacher videos, leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the list!