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"Debajo" is an adverb which is often translated as "underneath", and "por debajo" is a preposition which is often translated as "below". Learn more about the difference between "debajo" and "por debajo" below.
debajo(
deh
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bah
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hoh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (below)
a. underneath
Antes de poner la carne en la parrilla, pon un plato debajo para colectar el aceite.Before you put the meat on the grill, put a dish underneath to catch the grease.
b. beneath
El océano es grande y nadie sabe lo que hay debajo.The ocean is vast and nobody knows what lies beneath.
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por debajo(
pohr
 
deh
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bah
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hoh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (under)
a. below
No acepté el trabajo porque el salario estaba por debajo del salario mínimo.I didn't take the job because the salary was below minimum wage.
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