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    Eway is offline Senior Member
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    the prepositions "above" and "under"

    Is it correct to say:

    1. In the middle is a blue pattern, above and under which have totally four black lines.
    2. In the middle is a blue pattern with totally four black lines above and under.

    (The image is:

    black line
    black line
    blue pattern
    black line
    black line )

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    Re: the prepositions "above" and "under"

    In my opinion both of the above sentences are incorrect.

    (1) the verb 'have' is incorrectly used; it's a relative clause ('which') and needs an explicit subject ('something has four black lines');
    (2) is grammatically better, but still sounds a bit awkward.

    Using 'totally', do you mean there are four black lines in total? Since they are split in two groups, it is enough to say:

    In the middle is a blue pattern with two black lines above and below (it).

    'it' at the end of the sentence is optional, in my opinion.

    In a description like this 'below' sounds better than 'under'.

    Please note the inversion in the above sentence (the S + V + O principle would make it 'A blue pattern is in the middle...' or at least ('There is a blue pattern in the middle...'). However, the structure 'In the middle is a blue pattern...' is possible and frequently used in very formal written English, e.g. technical texts, instruction manuals, etc.

    All the best,
    Tee Kay

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    Re: the prepositions "above" and "under"

    Thank you for your detalied explanation.

    Can I say "Above and under the blue pattern are two black lines" then?

    Also,
    is it correct to say "Above is two black lines" and "Below is two black lines"?
    Should I use "are" here instead of "is"?
    Last edited by Eway; 07-Dec-2004 at 11:53.

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    Re: the prepositions "above" and "under"

    Yes, this version sounds OK to me.

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    Re: the prepositions "above" and "under"

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway
    Thank you for your detalied explanation.

    Can I say "Above and under the blue pattern are two black lines" then?

    Also,
    is it correct to say "Above is two black lines" and "Below is two black lines"?
    Should I use "are" here instead of "is"?
    You can enhance this sentence a little bit by adding "both"

    "Both above and under the blue pattern are two black lines" This gives your sentence the illusion of symmetry, which is basically what you're describing; uniformity.

    -Nah-

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    Re: the prepositions "above" and "under"

    Thank you!


    Ah, and with another preposition "between".

    Can I say "Between the two sets of black lines is a blue pattern" or "Between the two sets of black lines shows a blue pattern"?
    Last edited by Eway; 08-Dec-2004 at 06:19.

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