Is it correct to say "What do you (more than 1 person) have in minds?" or we should say "What do you have in mind?". If both of the sentences are correct, which one is more idiomatic?
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You say, to a group
What do you [guys, fellas, all, people,...] have in mind? (singular)
It is possible to use use the plural; for example, you could also say
What's on your minds?" (plural)
The distinction is the former, using in, speaks of containment, and the latter, using on, of placement.
But be warned: the two idioms have very different connotations. The second means, essentially, "What's bothering you [guys]?".
Anyway, that's why you cannot say "What do you have in minds?" (in + plural); it breaks the metaphor of containment.
What do you have in mind
is the idiomatic version of what would you (one person or multiple) like to do
You might ask one person
What is on your mind
or more than one
What is on your minds
which is mostly used to inquire if there is a problem