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    The sentences above/below are correct

    The sentences above are correct.
    The sentences below are correct.
    The above sentences are correct.
    The below sentences are correct.
    The sentences which are below are correct.
    The sentneces which are above are correct.


    Could you tell me which of the above sentences are correct?

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    Cool Re: The sentences above/below are correct

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    a. The sentences above are correct.
    b. The sentences below are correct.
    c. The above sentences are correct.
    d. The below sentences are correct.
    e. The sentences which are below are correct.
    f. The sentences which are above are correct.


    Could you tell me which of the above sentences are correct?
    Great news - they are all correct (with some alterations in spelling)!
    The first two (a and b) are the short forms of the last two (f and e, respectively).
    Last edited by engee30; 10-Sep-2007 at 16:56.

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    Re: The sentences above/below are correct

    Take a look here also, above/below | Antimoon Forum
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    In the sentence (that is located) above <adverb>
    In the above sentence <adjective> & <see note below>
    The above sentence <adjective>

    In the sentence (that is located) below <adverb>
    In the below sentence <adjective>
    The below sentence <adjective>

    In short, all the combinations work except below + sentence. Below, unlike above, can't function as an adjective.

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    Note, above can function as an adjective, but if it's a transformation or modification of in the sentence that is located above, wherein it functions as an adverb, then this phrase in the above sentence)--while often used--is awkward, but only from a strictly grammatical point of view. That is, people will say it and write it, but some, especially the most pedantic of speakers, will question its construct, because above is moved out of an adverbial position into an adjectival position:

    Adverbial postion: In the sentence above...
    Adjective position: In the above sentence...

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    Wink Re: The sentences above/below are correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Take a look here also, above/below | Antimoon Forum
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    In the sentence (that is located) above <adverb>
    In the above sentence <adjective> & <see note below>
    The above sentence <adjective>

    In the sentence (that is located) below <adverb>
    In the below sentence <adjective>
    The below sentence <adjective>

    In short, all the combinations work except below + sentence. Below, unlike above, can't function as an adjective.

    ______________
    Note, above can function as an adjective, but if it's a transformation or modification of in the sentence that is located above, wherein it functions as an adverb, then this phrase in the above sentence)--while often used--is awkward, but only from a strictly grammatical point of view. That is, people will say it and write it, but some, especially the most pedantic of speakers, will question its construct, because above is moved out of an adverbial position into an adjectival position:

    Adverbial postion: In the sentence above...
    Adjective position: In the above sentence...
    So I think it's time to disprove the rule against using below as an adjective:
    below. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

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    Re: The sentences above/below are correct

    In post-position or pre-position?

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    Wink Re: The sentences above/below are correct

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    In post-position or pre-position?
    In pre-position, I think.
    In post-position, it actually looks like an adverb (or is an adverb, I don't know exactly). But according to the information from the page I provided the link to in my previous post, it is an adjective.

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    Re: The sentences above/below are correct

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    In pre-position, I think.
    In post-position, it actually looks like an adverb (or is an adverb, I don't know exactly). But according to the information from the page I provided the link to in my previous post, it is an adjective.
    Yes, in post-position is fine, but in pre-position it's somewhat awkward to native English speakers. That is, below sentence sounds awkward. I suspect that has everything to do with its distribution, its frequency pre-positionally. It doesn't occur in that position, or does it? How often? Interesting research topic this one.

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    Lightbulb Re: The sentences above/below are correct

    There is a misuse of which in the last two sentences. We can not use which in a restrictive relative clause.
    The sentences that are above are correct.
    The sentences that are below are correct.
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