"Il gatto è sopra il tavolo."

Translation:The cat is on top of the table.

January 15, 2013



What is the difference between " il gatto e' sul tavolo " and " Il gatto e' supra il tavolo" both indicate that the cat is on the table.

December 14, 2013


Sul is more related to simply being on top of something, to simply be on the surface of something. i personally use it for objects like a key on a table or a pillow on the bed. on the other hand, you say supra when you want to be sure the person you're talking to understands that theres something above something else. in fact, i'd even consider translating supra to above instead on top of, so its more used with things that are alive or very big, like a cat.

October 12, 2014


It's 'sopra', not 'supra'.

May 31, 2019


Down!! Bad cat!

May 21, 2013


Non è permesso che il gatto si arrampichi sul tavolo!

May 31, 2019


How do you define the 'top of a table'? 0_o

May 7, 2015

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I also agree that "sopra" should be accepted.

April 24, 2013


E il gatto cheshire

November 14, 2013

May 16, 2019


I thought the table was la tavola?

September 19, 2014


Same here. I'm very confused.

November 6, 2014


'La tavola' is used when referring to the act of going to dinner, to the situation of having dinner. 'Il tavolo' is used when referring to the plain object 'table'.

January 14, 2015


Not at my place! Il gatto e sotto il tavolo

August 2, 2015


Why not "the cat is upon the table"?

November 17, 2015


Just in a previous sentence it was under the seat... He moves too fast...

June 15, 2016


As prepositions, both over and above can mean "at or to a place that is higher than someone or something," but over is somewhat more common: A light hangs over/above the table. He raised his arms over/above his head. She rents an apartment over/above a bookstore. http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/above-and-over. Would DL please accept over as well as on top?

August 14, 2018


Not like the cat hadn't been told!

August 30, 2018


I used "the cat is on the table" which was not accepted. I'm confused--where on the table would the cat be except on the top? Requiring "sopra" suggests that the cat is not only on the table, but perhaps floating just a bit above it. Maybe a Cheshire Cat! Anyway, I did report it (btw, the prompts give "on" as a translation of sopra.)

January 7, 2019


sometimes I see il tavolo and sometimes la tavola. Why?

February 22, 2019


Tavolo is a table and Tavola is when the Tavolo is set. So for example, in a restaurant you get a Tavola. Cheers

April 25, 2019


the cat is above the table should work. If you wanted to say the cat is on top, you should have said "sul tavolo"! right?

January 15, 2013


I agree, sopra is (floating) above the table.

January 15, 2013
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