Difference between Underneath – Under – Below – Beneath

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Underneath is just a less common and a bit more eloquent word that means under. The two words are interchangeable when used as prepositions.

Beneath is often used figuratively:

  • He thinks everybody is beneath him.

or to talk about being covered:

  • beneath the covers/surface

Below is often used to refer to some level:

  • below zero
  • the sentence below (the opposite of ‘above’)
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