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    Default preposition

    I am on /at top of the world.
    which is correct?

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    Default Re: preposition

    I would use on.

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    Default Re: preposition

    The standard phrase to show that you are elated or very excited is "I'm on top of the world". However, if you wanted to describe your physical location when standing at the North Pole, you could say "I'm [standing] at the top of the world".

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    Default Re: preposition

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Americans will elect a president in November. The winner will say, "I feel on top of the world this morning!" = I am very, very, very

    happy.

    (2) In 1909, two Americans were the first human beings to reach the North Pole. One of them, Matthew Henson, said to the other

    one, Robert E. Peary:

    "I think I'm the first man to sit on top of the world."

    (3) And Google books list various books, such as:

    At the Top of the World. (About climbing Mt. Everest)
    War at the Top of the World. (How nations in the Himalayan mountains treat one another)
    Trouble at the Top of the World.

    Therefore (maybe):

    (1) If you mean that you are feeling super happy, use "on."

    (2) If you are actually standing/sitting where the exact top of the world is, use "on."

    (3) If you are in fact referring to the general area of the North Pole or general area of Mt. Everest, use "at."

    (a) Santa Claus is busy at the top of the world as he prepares to bring toys in December to all the good little boys and girls.

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    Default Re: preposition

    In addition to The Parser's advice, remember that it's "on top of the world" but "at the top of the world".

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    Thank you all.
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