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    on top of vs. on the top of

    Is there any difference in meaning between "on top of" and "on the top of"?Under what circumstance do we use "on the top of" and "on top of"?When I google both of the phrases, the number of "on the top of" more than doubles that of "on top of".

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    Re: on top of vs. on the top of

    Thank you very much for the reply.
    In fact, "on top of" is listed as an idiomatic phrase or something like that in the dictionaries I have , while "on the top of" cannot be found in them.

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    Re: on top of vs. on the top of

    The expression "on top of that" means "in addition" or "also" and that one does not take "the."

    He's kind, and sweet, and fun to be with.... and on top of that, he's wealthy!
    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.

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    Re: on top of vs. on the top of

    I see that whether the definite article is put in or not does not affect the meaning, and on top of that, "on top of" have an idiomatic meaning which "on the top of" doesn't have.

    Thanks a lot!

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