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"Debajo de" is a phrase which is often translated as "under", and "encima de" is a phrase which is often translated as "on". Learn more about the difference between "debajo de" and "encima de" below.
debajo de(
deh
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bah
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hoh
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (prepositional)
a. under
Escondió todos los regalos navideños debajo de la cama.She hid all the Christmas gifts under the bed.
b. underneath
El ladrón escondió la botella robada debajo de su abrigo.The thief hid the stolen bottle underneath his coat.
c. beneath
Hay catacumbas que se pueden visitar debajo de las calles de París.There are catacombs that you can visit beneath the streets of Paris.
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encima de(
ehn
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see
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mah
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (on the surface of)
a. on
¿De quién son esos libros que hay encima del sofá? - Son míos, ahora los quito.Whose books are those on the sofa? - They're mine. I'll take them off in a minute.
b. on top of
Las llaves están encima de la mesa.The keys are on top of the table.
2. (over)
a. above
Vivimos en el apartamento encima de la tienda.We live in the apartment above the store.
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