Common Mistakes : Below

Common Mistakes : Below

 

Common Mistakes : Below

preposition

.BAD: Below the table there were some empty wine bottles

.GOOD: Under the table there were some empty wine bottles

below = at or to a lower level than something

.My room is on the third floor, and John’s is on the floor below

.Our helicopter hovered just below the summit so that we could film the rescue

under (or beneath/underneath ) = directly below something, and sometimes touching or covered by it

.Come and stand under my umbrella

.I eventually found the letter under a pile of old newspapers

.BAD: The below report describes my recent stay at the Hotel Grove

.GOOD: The report below describes my recent stay at the Hotel Grove

When below refers to the position of something on a page, it comes after the noun

.Last month’s sales figures are set out in the table below

Note that above can go before or after the noun

.the table above

.the above table

.BAD: The room rates are much below average for hotels in this area

.GOOD: The room rates are far below average for hotels in this area

(far below (NOT much

.The cost of the trip was far below what we had expected

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.The room rates were much/far lower than we had expected

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