Difference between BENEATH, UNDER, UNDERNEATH and BELOW.


While reading a book I found a word: “BENEATH” . Is it the same as UNDER or UNDERNEATH? or is it different from them?

Under is used when something is directly under another.
Underneath is often used to say that something is covered by another thing.
Beneath has the same meanings as under or underneath, but it’s a formal, literary word.
Below is preferred when something is in a lower position, but in the same buliding, hill, part of the body etc. as another thing.

in, to or through a lower place/ position

  • My dog used to sleep under our bed, but he’s grown too big now to do that.
  • You can’t buy alcohol if you’re under 18.

under something, used when being covered or hidden by another thing

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  • This jacket’s too small for me to wear a jumper underneath
  • He always seems so cold, but I know he’s soft-hearted underneath.

BENEATH (formal)
in or to a lower position, under

  • When I arrived, my daughter was sleeping like a log beneath her blanket.
  • My cat always hides beneath the sofa when I have visitors.

in or to a lower position (often used when in the same buliding, hill, part of the body etc.)

  • Please fill out this form, but do not write anything below the red line.
  • Who lives in the flat below yours?

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Can you please tell me the difference between beneath, below and underneath?

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Nazeer Ahmed
Nazeer Ahmed
8 months ago

Thanks you