Translation:The mouse sleeps on top of my shirt.
I'm curious about the difference between "rat" and "mouse" in Spanish. Is "raton" used interchangeably? Why did I get this wrong for saying "the rat sleeps on my shirt"?
i think the sentence should use "encima" instead of "sobre" b/c sobre means above while encima means on top of
i suppose, but encima is more specific meaning "on top of" while sobre is more general meaning "above'
I've got so used to Duolingo asking for literal translations that my first attempt was "above" (I thought of shelves in a cupboard), but it's not accepted.
because it didn't say "el" anywhere in the sentence, so it can not be in the English translation
"On top of" is not the same as "on the top of". The latter specifies a part of the shirt while the former just puts the mouse on the shirt as described by the Spanish sentence.
doesnt sobre also mean about?? i was told that by one teacher but didnt see that listed under the translations of sobre.
Sobre is being used as a preposition in this sentence, if you were talking about something being about something else, then you would use acerca
I was also taught that it meant around or about. I was told cerca de meant near (not sure if there's a distinction between acerca and cerca).
Would thinking of the word sobre as a prepositional phrase only strengthen my understanding of use of this particular word in the spanish language?
Would it be wrong to have translated sobre to mean "above" as opposed to "atop of" in this sentence?
I'm just wondering "El raton duerme sobre mi camisa." Can't the translation be "The mouse sleeps above my shirt." ? I mean technically sobre can also mean above aside from on top of.
I always get rat and mouse mixed up! Because its el raton, so I always think of rat!
I didn't miss it because I was unaware of there being two different words for rat and mouse in Spanish. I missed this because I thought a rat and a mouse were the same thing, haha.
So cute! If your first thought is "ewww kill it!" then you need to think how you would feel if someone said that about your cat/dog/beloved pet. Domesticated mice and rats are extremely smart and affectionate.