According to the hits of google search "come to mind" is most often used and "come down to mind" is least used.

What difference have these three phrases? Should I only use the "come to mind" that is most used?

  • Could you add some examples using "come up/down to mind" for reference? Google word searches out of context sometimes have an explanation other than the intended usage. – user3169 May 24 '16 at 17:02
  • I used the "come up to mind", but I heard a friend of mine uses "come down to mind", and I googled the phrase then I found the "come to mind". It seems that we should just use "come to mind". – ironsand May 24 '16 at 17:32

Come down to mind and come up to mind are extremely rare, at least in the United States. In fact, I've never heard anyone write or say either of those phrases.

Come to mind is pretty common, though. It is defined in The Free Dictionary:

To enter into one's consciousness or be remembered.

Do I know a good barber? No one comes to mind right now.

Another definition is the following:

To enter or appear in your thoughts.

Mention fashion and Kate's name comes to mind.

I would say, feel free to use come to mind.

But come down to mind or come up to mind wouldn't make much sense to people.

  • 1
    I think the same applies for British English. – JavaLatte May 24 '16 at 16:27

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