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"Τα κλειδιά είναι πάνω στο τραπέζι."

Translation:The keys are on the table.

July 14, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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Ngram charts show a rise in the use of "atop" in the last decades so we're all the more grateful for your input. Thanks for bringing us up to speed.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ferran529794

Is the "πάνω" necessary? Or can you drop it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/troll1995

You can drop it, being less emphatic.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carradee

Why not "The keys are atop the table"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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  • 179

"atop" is a very old word used mainly for literary purposes e.g. "The castle is atop the mountain." It would be odd to hear it in speech. Reference here


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carradee

Depends on the person. I'm a native English speaker who uses it. Is there some nuance to the Greek that precludes use of "atop"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16
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No, the Greek does not preclude it but as a native English speaker, I've not heard it for a long time. The dictionaries I tried refer to "literary use". There is one above.

Since you are accustomed to it as a native speaker we can add it to the accepted translations. Thank you for the input.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carradee

Oxford calls it literary, while Merriam-Webster doesn't specify that, so it may be a regional thing.

(In case you don't know, Oxford's the standard dictionary for UK English; Merriam-Webster, for US English except in select fields of study).

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