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Hi,

Please help me to use the phrases "on my mind" and "in my mind" in sentences correctly. How are they different?
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on my mind= I'm thinking about something , something is troubling/worrying/disturbing me mentally and/or my mind (or my thoughts) is occupied in some way.

in my mind = in my opinion/my opinion is.../I think (this)... It's a discourse marker.

A; Can you please listen to me?

B: Oh, yes. Sorry. I've got too much on my mind at the moment.

..............

A: You look tired.

B: Yes. I'm taking my exams this week and it's been on my mind all night.

.........

In my mind, the US should pull out of Iraq immediately.

In my mind, you look better in the pink than the yellow.
I would say:

Keep/bear it in mind! (=Remember it! Don't forget it!) No possessive pronoun after in.

To my mind, you shouldn't buy it. (= In my opinion, ...)

Cheers
CB
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Milkyin my mind = in my opinion/my opinion is.../I think (this)... It's a discourse marker.

In my mind, the US should pull out of Iraq immediately.

In my mind, you look better in the pink than the yellow.

This doesn't sound right to me. I think Cool Breeze is correct in recommending to my mind:
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=50705&dict=CALD
But "keep in mind" is not "on my mind".
MilkyBut "keep in mind" is not "on my mind".
Who said they were/are?
Of course, they are different.
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MilkyBut "keep in mind" is not "on my mind".
Who said they were/are?
Of course, they are different.
Then why was it suggested as a replacement for "on my mind".
Strangely, 'in my mind' as a discourse marker doesn't sound wrong to me . Maybe, not too frequently used, a bit out of date... Say, 30 years ago it definitely was OK.
I guess I'm old.
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