Above and over
Above indicates a position higher than something.
- The birds flew up above the trees.
- The sun rose above the horizon.
- There is a mirror above the washbasin.
- We have rented a room above the shop.
- She is above average in intelligence.
- Your name comes above mine on the list.
Above and Over
Above and over can both mean higher than.
- The helicopter hovered above/over the building.
- The water came up above/over our knees.
Above is preferred when we want to mean that one thing is not directly over another.
- There is a small cottage above the lake. (The cottage is not directly over the lake.)
Above is also used in measurements of temperature, height, intelligence etc., where we think of a vertical scale.
- The temperature never rose above 10 degree Celsius.
Over is preferred when one thing covers and/or touches another.
- He put on a coat over his shirt.
- There was cloud over the city.
Over is also used to talk about ages and speeds, and to mean more than.
- You have to be over 18 to see that film.
- There were over 50 fifty people at the meeting.
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As, since, because and for
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of
Below and under
Above and over
Both and both of
As if and as though
Fairly, quite, pretty and rather
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
No and none
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