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Could somebody explain me the difference between その上 and 上に?. In "A dictionary of intermediate japanese grammar" it is written that they can be used interchangeably, but I am not sure if it meant that they are always interchangeable or that there are cases where they can be used indifferently.

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    @ericfromabeno Please don't try to answer questions in the comments section. – snailboat Jun 18 '18 at 16:02
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その上 is a conjunction that means "in addition (to that)", so it is used like 私は英語が得意、その上、絵も上手.

A noun 上 has many meanings and 上に is "a noun 上 + a particle に". https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/17464/meaning/m0u/ So there are many usages of it.

You can say 私は英語が得意な上に、絵も上手. This meaning is the same as 私は英語が得意、その上、絵も上手.  

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