[Grammar] Above or Over

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We will tell the differences between two prepositions: above and over.

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When we use above as a preposition, it means ‘higher than’. Its meaning is close to that of the preposition over. In the following sentences, over can be used instead of above:

i.e. The waves came up above her head and she started screaming. (or … came up over her head …)

i.e. She is a nervous flier. But once the plane got above the clouds, she started to relax. (or … got over the clouds …)

When we refer to temperatures in other contexts, we can normally use above or over:

The temperature is already above 30 degrees. (or … over 30 degrees.)

However, in the following cases, we use above instead of over.

1. Above

We use above, but not over, to refer to things that are at an upper or higher level:

i.e. Do they live in that chalet above the village?

Not: Do they live in that chalet over the village?

We usually use above, but not over, when there is no contact between the things referred to. 

2. Over

Over or on top of have a more general meaning, and can be used when one thing touches or covers another:

i.e. They made her comfortable and put a blanket over her.

Not: They made her comfortable and put a blanket above her.

We normally use over not above with numbers:

i.e. I get over sixty emails a day.

Not: I get above sixty emails a day.

Have you already known the difference between them? Then move on. We prepare a quiz for you👇– It is time to show yourself!


#1. Most of the race is 500 metres ____ sea level.

#2. ____ 100 people complained about the programme.




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