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Below or under
Below and under.
What is the difference between below and under?
Under is used much more widely.
When you're not sure which word to use, use under. It's more likely to be correct.
All the common uses of below are related to the idea of "lower or less than".
-The sun disappeared below the horizon.
-Temperatures were below normal all week.
Under can have the same meaning as below.
-We sat under a tree and rested, or we sat below a tree and rested.
But under can also mean "guided or controlled by".
-The café is under new management.
Under is often used in expressions in which it has a special meaning.
Look at the most common collocations with under to see this more clearly.
-John tried to get his weight under control with drastic diets.
(under control=able to be managed successfully).
-You have to be able to think under pressure (under pressure=in a stressful situation).
Good luck with the exercise.
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