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Sopra vs sul

I put salt on the meat

Why is this translated as Metto sale sopra la carne instead of metto sale sulla carne

October 9, 2014



Su means "on" but sopra means "above" or "over." It seems strange to me to use sopra for this, although I guess technically speaking you really do put the salt above the meat and then let it fall onto it. I posted a question about it on WordReference. We'll see if anyone responds. The original thread is eight years old . . .


Su means "on" but sopra means “above” or “over.”

I’m not sure how you got that idea. Su and sopra are synonymous and can both mean “on,” “above,” or “over.” Additionally, su can also mean “attached to the side of,” as in, “There is a painting on the wall.”

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