[Grammar] “Above” VS. “Over”

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Above and over both describe that something is in a higher position than another thing. However, we use these two words differently. Today, I’m going to show you how to use them.

1. Over

We usually use over when one thing is touching or covering another thing.

I put a blanket over the dog.

I usually wear a sweater over my shirt.

We use over to show the movement when something crosses another thing.

The plane flew over the school several times.

He walked over the broken glass and hurt his foot.

We use over when we talk about age, amounts, and speed.

You can’t buy beer unless you are over 18 years old.

Over 500 people were waiting for the store to open on Black Friday.

2. Above

We prefer to use above when one thing is not touching another thing.

The clouds above us look like flowers.

The fireworks above the river look so beautiful.

We use above when we talk about height, rank and temperature, in other words, things that are measured vertically.

Mount Fuji in Japan is 3,776 meters above sea level.

When the temperature reaches 28°C above zero, the machine turns off automatically.

We use above in documents and books when referring to something that came before.

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