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    Default A mountain top need not be a plateau

    What does it mean? In which situations do we use it?
    Could you please also provide some examples?

    Thank you in advance,
    Olga

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    Default Re: A mountain top need not be a plateau

    Quote Originally Posted by Olichka2 View Post
    What does it mean? In which situations do we use it?
    Could you please also provide some examples?

    Thank you in advance,
    Olga
    Take a look at this :

    plateau :a land area having a relatively level surface considerably raised above adjoining land on at least one side, and often cut by deep canyons.[dictionary.com]

    A mountain top can be a peak which is the pointed top of a mountain or ridge or a plateau which is kind of flat area.

    La Paz ,the capital of Bolivia, was settled on such a mountaineous plateau :
    La Paz - Review - High Mountain Paz
    Last edited by Teia; 20-Aug-2007 at 20:23.

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    Default Re: A mountain top need not be a plateau

    Thank you teia_petrescu for your explanations.
    However, I thought that this expression has a figurative meaning, hasn't it?

    Any native speakers??
    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: A mountain top need not be a plateau

    Quote Originally Posted by Olichka2 View Post
    Thank you teia_petrescu for your explanations.
    However, I thought that this expression has a figurative meaning, hasn't it?

    Any native speakers??
    Thanks in advance!
    You are welcome!

    It might have a figurative meaning. I am not sure if I don`t have the whole context.

    I`ll add a small correction if you don`t mind :

    However, I thought that this expression has a figurative meaning, doesn't it?
    or,
    However, I thought that this expression had a figurative meaning, didn`t it?

    Regards.

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    Default Re: A mountain top need not be a plateau

    There is a meaning for plateau > one has reached a level and cannot advance from it. Often met with people on diets. "I am doing the Atkins diet, and have reached a plateau. My weight hasn't changed for a week."

    I think this sentence, "A mountain top need not be a plateau", is suggesting that you can always go further.

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    Default Re: A mountain top need not be a plateau

    teia_petrescu: Thank you for your corrections. A rather silly mistake.
    "has" is not used here as an auxiliary verb, therefore we need to use "do" to form a tag question. Is that right? Could you please provide some more examples?

    Anglika: that's right! Originally this sentence has been written by someone from England on an econometrics forum. So it perfectly fits into the topic.

    P.S. Corrections of the english are more than welcome! I also admit that I have difficulties with the articles!

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