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    Cockroaches can run at top speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent to

    Cockroaches can run at top speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent to a human running 200 miles an hour... source

    Is the use of "top" or "up to" correct here? If I'm not wrong, 'up to' and 'top' indicates the top limit.

    Wouldn't it be wrong to use both at the same time?

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    #2

    Re: Cockroaches can run at top speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent

    No.

    The top speed of some cockroaches is less than 50 body-lengths per second.
    The top speed of the fastest cockroach recorded is 50 body-lengths per second.

    So, the original sentence seems OK to me.

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    Re: Cockroaches can run at top speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent

    I agree- they can't all hit this speed. They are fast, but only some hit the roach Usain Bolt speeds.

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    Re: Cockroaches can run at top speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No.

    The top speed of some cockroaches is less than 50 body-lengths per second.
    The top speed of the fastest cockroach recorded is 50 body-lengths per second.

    So, the original sentence seems OK to me.
    "Cockroaches can run at speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent to a human running 200 miles an hour..."

    This means same to me as your explanation.

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    Re: Cockroaches can run at top speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent

    Quote Originally Posted by capcap23 View Post
    "Cockroaches can run at speeds of up to 50 body lengths per second, equivalent to a human running 200 miles an hour..."

    This means the same to me as your explanation.
    Fine. The 'top' in the original is not essential. All I said in post #2 was that it seemed OK. One could argue that to use both top and up to

    is not the finest style, but it's not incorrect. It would be incorrect to say Cockroach XY 3779 can run at a top speed of up to 50 body-lengths a second.

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