Below and under

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


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

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


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

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

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Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
No and none