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gettarsi a capofitto sul lavoro

{or}: gettarsi a capofitto nel lavoro

The equivalent French expression "se plonger dans son travail" invariably employs the preposition "dans" corresponding to "in" in Italian. The same goes for "throw yourself into work" in English; you never say "throw yourself onto work".

A few bilingual dictionaries that I have consulted have it as "gettarsi a capofitto in ...". The thing is that I came across "gettarsi a capofitto sul lavoro" in an email message professionally translated from English -- and written in a colloquial tone. As such, I figured it was unlikely that a grammatical error like this would slip in.

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because to answer it it suffices to look for capofitto in any dictionary. – DaG Jun 1 '18 at 23:03
  • @DaG Unfortunately, it does not suffice, as I came across "sul lavoro" somewhere in a professionally translated sentence. Which prompted this question in the first place. :) – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens Jun 1 '18 at 23:45
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    @Alone-zee Maybe you can add to the question that you found sul lavoro in (some?) Italian texts, for added context. – Denis Nardin Jun 2 '18 at 5:23
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    I agree with @DenisNardin: a general rule to ask good questions on Stack Exchange is sharing your research. – Charo Jun 2 '18 at 8:12
  • So, please mention the dictionaries you have browsed before asking the question and the texts that appear to contradict them, so we have not to redo the research you have apparently already done. – DaG Jun 2 '18 at 8:48
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As you can see on Treccani dictionary or Sabatini Coletti dictionary one says gettarsi or buttarsi a capofitto in qualcosa. So in this case, it would be

gettarsi / buttarsi a capofitto nel lavoro.

Preposition "su" used with verb "gettarsi" has the nuance of "above something". So, for instance, one may say

gettarsi sul letto

with the meaning of "on the bed", or, in a figurative way,

gettarsi sul nemico.

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