below V.S. under ?????

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blacknomi

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Dear all,

How can I teach these 2 prepositions? When should I use 'under'? When should i use 'below'?

I am sitting under a tree.
I am sitting below a tree.


There is a bag under the desk.
There is a bag below the desk.


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I'd sit under a tree and the bag would be under the desk.

I'm on a break at work now, so I'll reply in more detail this evening when I have more time. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
I'd sit under a tree and the bag would be under the desk.

I'm on a break at work now, so I'll reply in more detail this evening when I have more time. ;-)


Dear tdol,
Thannnnnnk you a lot in advance.

I use 'under' when sth relates to a 'SPACE' concept. the object is somewhere out there, doesn't really have the exact location.


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blacknomi said:
Dear all,

How can I teach these 2 prepositions? When should I use 'under'? When should i use 'below'?

I am sitting under a tree.
I am sitting below a tree.


There is a bag under the desk.
There is a bag below the desk.


Thank you.

I would sit "under" a tree.

A bag could be below or under a desk, though "under" would be more common. :wink:
 

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There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.
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tdol said:
There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.
;-)


Is 'below' used when there is a surface above? when there's sth above, i can say below.


For example.
We are on the 2nd floor and the flower shop is below us on the ground floor.



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blacknomi said:
tdol said:
There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.
;-)


Is 'below' used when there is a surface above? when there's sth above, i can say below.


For example.
We are on the 2nd floor and the flower shop is below us on the ground floor.



:wink: sabrina :wink:

Yes, that one is fine.

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RonBee said:
blacknomi said:
tdol said:
There are occasions when we can only say 'below':

I live on the top floor and my friend lives on the floor below.
;-)


Is 'below' used when there is a surface above? when there's sth above, i can say below.


For example.
We are on the 2nd floor and the flower shop is below us on the ground floor.



:wink: sabrina :wink:

Yes, that one is fine.

:D


Dear Ronbee,
Thanks for the patience to explain these. I guess 'below' and 'under' are clearer a little bit. In my first language, we just use one word to mean "down", "beneath", "under" and "below". That's why i'm confused.

Again, Thanks.

have a nice weekend.



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You're welcome. :D

It can get a little complicated. Being a native speaker, it is often more difficult for me to explain the choice than to know what word to use.

:)
 

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It's grammatical- you would have to use underneath, but I still don't like that very much. ;-)
 
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