"Pana paka juu ya mti"

Translation:There is a cat at the top of the tree

October 3, 2017

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Anet_Haim
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 5
  • 2

I think "in the top" sounds strange in English. It should be rather "on the top of the tree".

January 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SimonandNe

I think actually "in the top" would be better. I would probably say "up in the tree." Americans don't really talk about things being on top of trees. Maybe in the treetops, but on top of a tree just sounds really weird.

July 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ElMeuNom
  • 25
  • 17
  • 16
  • 14
  • 13
  • 12
  • 12
  • 11
  • 11
  • 9
  • 9
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4

It doesn't sound weird to me.

November 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SimonandNe

Maybe it's regional.

November 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Baziraake

"There are cats at the top of the tree" has also been accepted!

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Rose682808

Can you also say ,mna'? When pana and when mna?

July 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SimonandNe

Mna is for an indoor location. So only if the tree was inside, which is unlikely. Pana is for a specific location, kuna for a general location of sometimes a larger area.

July 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/filixlan
  • 15
  • 12
  • 10
  • 10
  • 6
  • 3
  • 2

Great comment!

August 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne616388

the duo translation says: there are cats on top of the tree, how do I know cat or cats?

October 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/5vZSXEt5
  • 21
  • 12
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 3
  • 72

Any English native speakers here, question: I have read that you say "at the top" for things that can fluctuate, e.g. "at the highest level; at the top of the rankings. And that for things that are rather solid and where the top is clearly the top and always stays the top, you would have to say "on the top", e.g. On the top of the mountain/tree. Correct? Thanks

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SimonandNe

That makes sense. Also I think of something physical/solid, which is why the cat on the tree doesn't make sense to me. Most trees don't have tops big or stable enough for a cat to get on. You could put a star on top of a Christmas tree. A bird could perch on top of a tree. It's funny, you don't realize when you grow up speaking a language why certain things are the way they are. And English has a lot of local variation, as seen in previous comments. So keep in mind, yes, I'm a native speaker, but these are just my personal thoughts, and that will vary a lot from person to person. Many of us do not use fully proper English, especially when speaking!

November 20, 2018
Learn Swahili in just 5 minutes a day. For free.