Winning English - Mastering Idioms, Slang, and References

Newsletter update - To change your mind • To change tack

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“To change your mind” is to make a different decision. You thought or did one thing before, but now you are thinking or will do something new.

(One extra note about “to make a decision”. I sometimes hear speakers of British English say “take a decision”. These have the same meaning.)

“A change of tack” (noun form) or “to change tack” (verb form) come from the world of sailing. When a sailboat is headed in a particular direction, it is said to be on a particular “tack”. So, “to change tack” is to head in a different direction. Note that the noun form, “a change of tack”, uses the preposition “of”.


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