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    Default under/underneath the table

    The box is under the table.

    Can I substitute 'underneath' for table?

    Many thanks.

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    Default Re: under/underneath the table

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The box is under the table.

    Can I substitute 'underneath' for table?

    Many thanks.
    You could substitute 'underneath' for 'under' but not for 'table'.

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    Default Re: under/underneath the table

    Sorry, Bhaisahab.

    I meant "Can I substitute 'underneath' for 'under'?

    Thanks.

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    Exclamation Re: under/underneath the table

    Under is the usual way to say that one thing is at a lower level than another, or is covered by it
    • Your shoes are under the table.
    • He is keeping himself worm under a blanket.
    Underneath has a similar meaning to under, and is used especially when something is hidden or covered
    The tunnel goes right underneath the city.
    So if you use it to substitute under it will not be grammatically incorrect but usage-wise inappropriate.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 22-Jul-2009 at 11:27.

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