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    Default Can you say "Topped"

    Hi,

    P1: I am 5"8 now
    P2: Really so you topped me i'm 5"7


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    P1: I weigh 56 kg now
    P2: Really? so you topped me i'm 54 kg

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    Default Re: Can you say "Topped"

    Yes, "topped" can be used in this context.

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    Default Re: Can you say "Topped"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheShadow View Post
    Hi,

    P1: I am 5"8 now
    P2: Really so you topped me i'm 5"7


    Or

    P1: I weigh 56 kg now
    P2: Really? so you topped me i'm 54 kg

    Thanks
    You can, but a sensitive and particular reader would find them a little out of place, given that topping someone is, in such a context, associated with a performance, rather than a competence, or particularly, an unalterable trait.

    You can top me in the long jump one day, and I'll beat you another day. For me, height is not usually seen as that sort of a performance. I think I'm right in saying that.

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    Default Re: Can you say "Topped"

    See definition #5, transitive verb. top - Definition of top at YourDictionary.com

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    Default Re: Can you say "Topped"

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    See definition #5, transitive verb. top - Definition of top at YourDictionary.com
    The fish is topping a weight, not another fish; if it were to top another fish, it would probably be in an angling competition.

    I agree with konungursvia - "You can, but a sensitive and particular reader would find them a little out of place", except that I don't think the reader has to be very sensitive or particular to find them out of place.

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    Default Re: Can you say "Topped"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    You can, but a sensitive and particular reader would find them a little out of place, given that topping someone is, in such a context, associated with a performance, rather than a competence, or particularly, an unalterable trait.

    You can top me in the long jump one day, and I'll beat you another day. For me, height is not usually seen as that sort of a performance. I think I'm right in saying that.
    What would you use instead of "top" ?

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    Default Re: Can you say "Topped"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheShadow View Post
    What would you use instead of "top" ?
    I think children might say, "you beat/top me by three inches/pounds", but I would simply say, if I were to say anything at all, "Oh, you're three inches taller/ pounds heavier than I am".

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