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  1. Fame's Avatar
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    using 'on top of' and 'on'

    I'm confused how to explain when to use 'on top of' and 'on' as in the following sentences:

    1. I would put cranberry sauce on top of my ice cream.

    2. I would put my homework on my table.

    Why can't we say:

    I would put butter on top of a slice of bread.

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    Re: using 'on top of' and 'on'

    It is just not idiomatic English.

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