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    Help

    Hi, I am Frank and I am Dominican. I am an English student, I would like to know the difference between above, over, below and under. I have been having problems using them. I have read many explanations and they all say the same. I would like to listen to different one because I do not understand them very well. would you send me a clearer explanation?

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    Re: Help

    Quote Originally Posted by frankcarlos View Post
    Hi, I am Frank and I am Dominican. I am an English student, I would like to know the difference between above, over, below and under. I have been having problems using them. I have read many explanations and they all say the same. I would like to listen to different one because I do not understand them very well. would you send me a clearer explanation?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Frank.

    (1) You have asked a SUPER difficult question.

    (2) I am sad to tell you that there is NO easy rule!

    (3) I can only offer a little advice:

    (a) Whenever you are confused about which word to use in a sentence, just post that sentence here, and one of the teachers or non-teachers will quickly tell you which word is correct.

    (b) I am sorry to tell you that sometimes above/over and below/under have the same meanings.

    (c) Maybe the most important thing to remember (maybe you already know this) is that "over" usually (NOT always) means DIRECTLY (in a vertical line) over your head: The roof of my house is over my head.

    (i) "Above" is not necessarily DIRECTLY over your head. If you and some friends go outside, maybe you will say: Look at that airplane above us. Maybe the airplane is 10 miles away. It is not directly over your heads.

    (d) "Under" also many times means DIRECTLY in a vertical line: The cat is hiding under my bed.

    (i) Let's say that you and some friends climb and stand on top of a big mountain. Maybe you will say, "Hey, everyone, look at the beautiful valley below us." Maybe the valley is 10 miles away. It is not directly under your feet.

    Have a nice day!


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