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    Hi teacher
    Sorry i have a long question , my English teacher asked us a question , he said what is the difference between ' above ' and ' over ' ?
    One of my classmate answered like this he said : " When something takes place on something else with no touching we use " above " . For example : Today was rainy but i didn't get wet because the umbrella was "above " my head . In other side when something takes place on something else , so that two thing are touching each other , we use " over " . For example : My ADSL modem is " over " the case of computer . For sure there are some other differences between these two prepositions . The word "over" is also used in lots of other meanings for example we use over in a situation that we want to mention something behind something else e.g the village is over this mountain ."

    So i said if we use these words as a prepositions " Over " is above or higher than something, without touching itbut "Above " is in a higher position than something else.

    He told me " you're answer is completely wrong " and i told him we want to find a difference as a preposition but i think you checked the adverb but he said again " i am sure my answer is right " so i checked some advanced dictionary and i found a lot of meaning for both but i think his answer is not right .

    Please tell me which answers are true mine or him ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by shemshal View Post
    Hi teacher
    Sorry i have a long question , my English teacher asked us a question , he said what is the difference between ' above ' and ' over ' ?
    One of my classmate answered like this he said : " When something takes place on something else with no touching we use " above " . For example : Today was rainy but i didn't get wet because the umbrella was "above " my head . In other side when something takes place on something else , so that two thing are touching each other , we use " over " . For example : My ADSL modem is " over " the case of computer . For sure there are some other differences between these two prepositions . The word "over" is also used in lots of other meanings for example we use over in a situation that we want to mention something behind something else e.g the village is over this mountain ."

    So i said if we use these words as a prepositions " Over " is above or higher than something, without touching itbut "Above " is in a higher position than something else.

    He told me " you're answer is completely wrong " and i told him we want to find a difference as a preposition but i think you checked the adverb but he said again " i am sure my answer is right " so i checked some advanced dictionary and i found a lot of meaning for both but i think his answer is not right .

    Please tell me which answers are true mine or him ???
    Both those words have several meanings depending on context.

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    Re: question

    Our teacher answered his question like this :

    What is the difference between "above" and "over"? Here is the answer with examples to help you understand better:

    The differences and/or similarities between “above” and “over” are:
    1-Higher then: when we want to say something is higher than something else, both above and over can be used with no change in meaning.
    Example: The water came up above/over our knees.

    2-Not directly over: Above
    However, when we want to say something is not directly over something, we prefer above.
    Example: we have a little house above the lake. (It is NOT on the lake (over), it is near the lake (above))

    3-Measurement: Above
    Above is used in measurement of temperature and height, or any vertical scale.
    Example: the temperature is 3 degrees above zero.
    Mt. Everest is 8000 meters above sea level.

    4-Covering: Over
    We prefer over when things touch each other.
    Example: he put on a coat over his pajamas.

    5-Ages, speeds specially when we want to say “more than”: Over
    Example: you have to be over 21 to drive a car.


    but i have a question abut our answer my friend said his answer is right and my answer is wrong is it true ? ? read my post complicity please what i want

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