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Margin top not workling for anchor inside li item

Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I am novice to front end designing..I am trying to create a horizontal navigation menu..i have the the anchor tags inside li.. when i apply margin-top to anchor tag...it is not working.

   <ul id="navigationMenu">
                <li><a href="#" class="selectedmenu">Home </a></li>
                <li><a href="#" class="normalmenu">Menu1s </a></li>
                <li><a href="#" class="normalmenu">Menu2</a></li>
            <!-- end navigation menu-->

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#navigationMenu li
    background: gray;
    display: inline-block;
    padding: 10px 50px;
    display: inline-block;
    float: left;
    border: 2px solid black;

#navigationMenu li a
  font-size: 20px;
  text-decoration: none;
   border: 1px solid red;
   font-weight: bold;
 margin-top: 30px;

The margin-top for anchor tag inside li is not working...whereas margin left and right are working fine..I know that we can achieve this by setting padding top of li..Since i am new i like to know why the anchor tag margin top is not working
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