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    He kept his hand above/over my head.

    I was reading "English practical usage' written by Michael Swan. He says that the word 'over' is preferred than 'above' , when something is covering.

    He kept his hand above/over my head.

    His hand is covering my head and so 'over' may be better. But, 'above' looks natural for me. What you say about it?

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    Re: He kept his hand above/over my head.

    You can't cover somebody's head with a hand, though you can place a hand on their head.

    If someone holds their hand above/over your head, then their hand is higher than your head.

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    Re: He kept his hand above/over my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    I was reading "​Practical English practical Usage' written by Michael Swan.
    Please make sure you get book titles correct when quoting them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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