Could someone explain to me the difference between these two phrases (if there’s any at all)

According to Cambridge Online Dictionary

  • to be in the mood means to feel like doing something
    I am not really in the mood for shopping.
  • to be in a mood means to be not friendly to other people
    Ignore him - he is in a mood.

And is there a phrase: It just goes on my mood (with a context: it depends on my mood)? I watched an interview with Hailey Baldwin the other day and she was talking about her everyday outfits, saying that the pick of the outfit goes on her mood. Thanks in advance!


A mood is a state of mind. If you are in the mood to do something, you are in the right state of mind to enjoy doing it. In a mood is just a short way of saying in a bad mood, that is, feeling angry or sulky.


Definition of in the mood from the Merriam Webster

Feeling a desire for something or to do something:

I'm in the mood for sushi.

In a mood from the Cambridge Online dictionary (also in the question)

To be in a mood means to be not friendly to other people:

Ignore him - he is in a mood

In a mood however usually includes an understood negative, meaning something like in a bad mood.


From Longman Dictionary of contemporary english be in a mood is to feel unhappy,impatient or angry and refuse to speak normally. In the mood is feeling a desire for something or to do something

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