Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(set/put) (my) mind to it

set my mind to itput my mind to it
Meaning(s)
1) give something your complete focus and effort
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • set/put your mind to do something
  • Analysis
    If you 'set your mind to something' or 'put your mind to something' it means to be very determined to do or have something. Both of these expressions are interchangeable and mean the same thing. "If you put your mind to it you can pass your driving test in under a month." "You can achieve anything you set your mind to." When you 'set your mind to something' or 'put your mind to something' -it usually requires a great deal of effort. This is a casual expression but you can hear it in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Once Alice sets her mind on achieving something, she lets nothing stand in the way of her goal.
    2. I think I could learn to speak a new language quite quickly, if I put my mind to it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I always tell my staff that setting your mind to whatever task you are doing is the best way to avoid distractions in the workplace.
    2. Adam is usually quite quiet and reserved, but in the job interview, he impressed with his speaking ability. When he puts his mind to it, he can be a very charming guy.
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