Is it okay to skip of in the following statement:

Android is built on top of the Linux.

  • 4
    No. I'd say it's ok to skip the, though.
    – m.a.a.
    May 4, 2017 at 7:54
  • 3
    @m.a.a. that's not only OK, it's mandatory.
    – Glorfindel
    May 4, 2017 at 7:59

1 Answer 1


If you want to skip Of, the sentence would need to be modified such as

Android is built atop Linux.

where atop means - on the top of.

The definite article 'the' is not needed in this sentence.

  • What I mean is is it fine to say "Android is built on top the Linux. "? May 4, 2017 at 7:57
  • Silap - Not correct. May 4, 2017 at 7:59
  • I think the phrase on top of in the sentence Android is built on top of Linux means in control of [idioms.thefreedictionary.com/on+top+of]. I doubt the accuracy of atop here. Atop means on or at the top of as in She sat atop a two-metre wall; or The castle sits atop a cliff. May 4, 2017 at 9:28
  • @mahmudkoya In control of doesn't apply here. Based on the source you quoted, 'Following closely on' is the closest in context i.e. Android is built using platform provided by Linux. May 4, 2017 at 9:37
  • Using 'atop' is not idiomatic; it may be used in more poetic or archaic writing. This is not really a question for ELU, Bhoomika; answering such questions just invites more. ELL was introduced for the use of people getting to grips with more basic usages. May 4, 2017 at 11:31

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