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    Default below V.S. under ?????

    Dear all,

    How can I teach these 2 prepositions? When should I use 'under'? When should i use 'below'?

    I am sitting under a tree.
    I am sitting below a tree.


    There is a bag under the desk.
    There is a bag below the desk.


    Thank you.

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    I'd sit under a tree and the bag would be under the desk.

    I'm on a break at work now, so I'll reply in more detail this evening when I have more time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd sit under a tree and the bag would be under the desk.

    I'm on a break at work now, so I'll reply in more detail this evening when I have more time.

    Dear tdol,
    Thannnnnnk you a lot in advance.

    I use 'under' when sth relates to a 'SPACE' concept. the object is somewhere out there, doesn't really have the exact location.


    sabrina

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Dear all,

    How can I teach these 2 prepositions? When should I use 'under'? When should i use 'below'?

    I am sitting under a tree.
    I am sitting below a tree.


    There is a bag under the desk.
    There is a bag below the desk.


    Thank you.
    I would sit "under" a tree.

    A bag could be below or under a desk, though "under" would be more common. :wink:

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    There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

    I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

    I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.

    Is 'below' used when there is a surface above? when there's sth above, i can say below.


    For example.
    We are on the 2nd floor and the flower shop is below us on the ground floor.



    :wink: sabrina :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

    I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.

    Is 'below' used when there is a surface above? when there's sth above, i can say below.


    For example.
    We are on the 2nd floor and the flower shop is below us on the ground floor.



    :wink: sabrina :wink:
    Yes, that one is fine.

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

    I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.

    Is 'below' used when there is a surface above? when there's sth above, i can say below.


    For example.
    We are on the 2nd floor and the flower shop is below us on the ground floor.



    :wink: sabrina :wink:
    Yes, that one is fine.

    :D

    Dear Ronbee,
    Thanks for the patience to explain these. I guess 'below' and 'under' are clearer a little bit. In my first language, we just use one word to mean "down", "beneath", "under" and "below". That's why i'm confused.

    Again, Thanks.

    have a nice weekend.



    sabrina

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    You're welcome. :D

    It can get a little complicated. Being a native speaker, it is often more difficult for me to explain the choice than to know what word to use.

    :)

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    It's grammatical- you would have to use underneath, but I still don't like that very much.

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