idiomatic missing article in fiction

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Grammarly would like me to add an article "the" as in, "She pulls her sleeping back over THE top of her, it's too warm to actually get inside it. Adding the article just doesn't sound right to my english-as-first-language New England ears. Any insights or guidance?

See example:

She pulls her sleeping bag over top of her, it's too warm to actually get inside it.
asked May 08 '11 at 02:24 Paul Kram New member

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I see what the checker is trying to do, but it doesn't sound right to me either. I would say that "over top of her" is correct. You do have a comma splice in there, though, which can be corrected in a few ways:

 

"She pulls her sleeping bag over top of her; it's too warm to actually get inside it."

"She pulls her sleeping bag over top of her: it's too warm to actually get inside it."

"She pulls her sleeping bag over top of her. It's too warm to actually get inside it."

"She pulls her sleeping bag over top of her because it's too warm to actually get inside it."

link answered May 08 '11 at 02:56 Collane Ramsey Expert

Thanks Collane. Odd that Grammarly does not catch the comma splice. "She pulls her sleeping bag over the top of her, it's too warm to get inside it." I came, I saw, I conquered. Then I replaced the comma with a semicolon. Paul KramMay 08 '11 at 03:19

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