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    difference between below and under

    i am well acquainted with these two words: 'below' and 'under'. however, someone pls explain with some examples the differences and/or similarities of use of these two prepositions.

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    Re: difference between below and under

    Dear abdmlkbd:

    Quote Originally Posted by abdmlkbd View Post
    i am well acquainted with these two words: 'below' and 'under'. however, someone pls explain with some examples the differences and/or similarities of use of these two prepositions.
    below:

    Her grades were below average this semester.
    You will find the spoons on the shelf below the one with the plates on it.
    The trail begins just below that ridge.
    His house is just below ours.

    under:

    The kitten hid under the couch.
    I found my glasses under the newspaper.
    She finished the race in just under a minute.
    We ducked under the fence.

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    Re: difference between below and under

    thanks a lot.....but could someone also give a sort of grammar ruling or explanation on the difference of use?

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    Re: difference between below and under

    Quote Originally Posted by abdmlkbd View Post
    thanks a lot.....but could someone also give a sort of grammar ruling or explanation on the difference of use?
    'Under' tends to mean underneath, in the sense of one thing being covered by another.
    'Below' can be used to express a more vertical relationship: His name was below mine on the list. The first name does not literally cover the second name, but is in a lower position.

    There are, of course, many idiomatic uses of the two words that are harder to categorize.

    All best wishes,

    Petra

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