Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Ju is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    1,332
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default counter top, worktop, desk and table

    What are the differences between counter top, worktop, desk and table?


    ju

  2. #2
    Mannysteps is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Portugal
      • Current Location:
      • Portugal
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    261
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: counter top, worktop, desk and table

    Not a teacher

    Usually "counter" is where business is transacted, like in a shop. "Worktop"
    a surface in a kitchen used for food preparation, "Desk" for paper work, like in an office. "Table" a piece of furniture with many purposes, one of them to have your meals.

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,401
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: counter top, worktop, desk and table

    And desks often have drawers, which are less common in tables.

  4. #4
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,799
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: counter top, worktop, desk and table

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    What are the differences between counter top, worktop, desk and table?


    ju
    A desk usually has drawers on one or both sides, and is often constructed in such a way that there is only one side at which one would normally sit to work.

  5. #5
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,387
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: counter top, worktop, desk and table

    Do you not use "counters" for your kitchens in the UK? What do you call that flat part on top of the cabinets and over the dishwasher, etc?

    Just set that bag of groceries on the counter and I'll put them away in a moment.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  6. #6
    mara_ce's Avatar
    mara_ce is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Argentina
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    6,066
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: counter top, worktop, desk and table

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you not use "counters" for your kitchens in the UK?
    My Longman dictionary says that the British word is `worktop´.

  7. #7
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    15,033
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: counter top, worktop, desk and table

    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    My Longman dictionary says that the British word is `worktop´.
    Yes - it's the worktop at our house.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-May-2011 at 23:04.

Similar Threads

  1. LAY THE TABLE OR MAKE THE TABLE?
    By san2612 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 24-May-2011, 20:45
  2. counter, worktop , working station and desk
    By Ju in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-May-2011, 03:33
  3. desktop=top of a desk
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 08-Feb-2011, 12:04
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Mar-2010, 02:15
  5. [General] along with/on top of/on top of the world/sitting on high cotton
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2010, 07:37

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •