Below vs. Under | Class 10 English Grammar Worksheet


Complete the following sentences using below or under.

Hint

Below is preferred when one thing is not directly under another and in measurements of temperature and height.

Under is used to mean ‘less than’ or ‘younger than’. Under is also preferred when something is covered by what is over it.

1. The cat is —————————- the roof.

2. There were —————————- fifty people at the meeting.

3. In most countries you can’t drive if you are ———————— eighteen.

4. She is well ——————— average in intelligence.

5. The sun disappeared ————————– the horizon.

6. She was wearing a black shirt ———————- the sweater.

7. Parts of Holland are ———————– sea level.

8. The whole village was ———————— water.

Answers

1. The cat is under the roof.

2. There were under fifty people at the meeting.

3. In most countries you can’t drive if you are under 18.

4. She is well below average in intelligence.

5. The sun disappeared below the horizon.

6. She was wearing a black shirt under the sweater.

7. Parts of Holland are below sea level.

8. The whole village was under water.




Below vs. Under


The prepositions below and under can both mean lower than. But there are some differences.

Below

Below is preferred when one thing is not directly under another.

  • When the sun sets, it sinks below the horizon.

Below is used in measurements of temperature and height, and in other cases where we think of a vertical scale.

  • The temperature is 10 degrees below zero.
  • The Dead Sea is below sea level.
  • She is below average in intelligence.

Under

We prefer under when something is covered or hidden by what is over it.

  • I think the cat is under the bed.
  • The whole village was under water.

We usually use under, not below, to mean less than or younger than.

  • There were under fifty people at the meeting.
  • You cannot see this film if you are under 18.