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"Under" is a preposition which is often translated as "debajo de", and "over" is a preposition which is often translated as "encima de". Learn more about the difference between "under" and "over" below.
under(
uhn
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duhr
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (beneath)
a. debajo de
There is a coin under the sofa.Hay una moneda debajo del sofá.
b. abajo de
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The kids are hidden under the table.Los niños están escondidos abajo de la mesa.
c. bajo
He was reading under a tree.Estaba leyendo bajo un árbol.
2. (less than)
a. menos de
People under 18 cannot gamble at casinos.Los que tienen menos de 18 no pueden apostar en los casinos.
3. (subject to)
a. bajo
If he said it under oath, it must be true.Si lo dijo bajo juramento, debería ser verdad.
4. (categorized)
a. bajo
That movie is classified under horror.Esa película está clasificada bajo horror.
5. (according to)
a. según
Under the terms of the contract, you cannot quit without giving two weeks notice.Según los términos del contrato, no puedes renunciar sin dar dos semanas de aviso.
6. (agriculture)
a. sembrado de
Our field is under corn this year and tomatoes the next.Nuestro campo está sembrado de maíz este año y tomates el siguiente.
7. (using)
a. bajo
He accessed the account under a false name.Entró en la cuenta bajo un nombre falso.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (below water)
a. debajo de
She dove and disappeared under the water.Se zambulló y desapareció debajo del agua.
9. (anesthetized)
a. bajo los efectos de la anestesia
The patient was still under for a few hours after the surgery.El paciente todavía estaba bajo los efectos de la anestesia durante un par de horas después de la cirugía.
10. (less)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
All children aged two and under can travel free.Los niños de dos años y menores viajan gratis.
We can't play hearts with under four players.No podemos jugar a corazones con menos de cuatro jugadores.
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over(
o
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vuhr
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (above)
a. encima de
There was a mosquito net over the bed.Había un mosquitero encima de la cama.
b. por encima de
There's a painting of Venice over our bed.Hay un cuadro de Venecia por encima de nuestra cama.
c. arriba de
The light over the sink is burned out.La luz arriba de la pila está fundida.
d. sobre
There's a mistletoe over the doorway into the living room.Hay un muérdago sobre la puerta a la sala de estar.
2. (in excess of)
a. más de
I made over a hundred dollars working from home.Gané más de cien dólares trabajando desde casa.
b. mayor de
You have to be over 21 to be allowed to drink alcohol in this country.Hay que ser mayor de 21 años para poder beber alcohol en este país.
c. por encima de
Our sales increased over two percent last quarter.Nuestras ventas aumentaron por encima de un dos por ciento el pasado trimestre.
3. (during)
a. durante
I'd rather speak about it over dinner.Prefiero hablar de eso durante la cena.
b. mientras
They reviewed the contract over lunch to make sure that everything was satisfactory.Repasaron el contrato mientras almorzaban para comprobar que todo fuera satisfactorio.
4. (by means of)
a. por
It's not safe for us to talk about this over the phone.No es seguro hablar de esto por teléfono.
5. (because of)
a. por
I don't want to argue over minutia. Let's get to the important issue.No quiero discutir por detalles minuciosos. Pasamos a lo importante.
b. sobre
There was some controversy over the company's new direction.Hubo algo de polémica sobre la nueva dirección de la empresa.
6. (mathematics)
a. sobre
Two over eight is one quarter.Dos sobre ocho es igual a un cuarto.
7. (in a higher rank)
a. por encima de
I got tired of having a boss over me, so I started my own company.Me cansé de tener a un jefe por encima de mí, pues fundé mi propia empresa.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (across)
a. por encima de
We'll be going over the bridge in five minutes.Pasaremos por encima del puente en cinco minutos.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I looked over at my husband and he was asleep.Miré a mi esposo y estaba dormido.
My family came over for Hanukkah.Mi familia vino para la Hanukkah.
9. (indicating repetition)
a. de nuevo
This isn't right. You'll have to do it over.Esto no está bien. Tendrás que hacerlo de nuevo.
b. otra vez
He told the same story over and over.Contó la misma historia una y otra vez.
10. (excessively)
a. demasiado
Todd was accused of being over careful when planning his trip to the jungle.A Todd se le acusaba de ser demasiado cauteloso al momento de planificar su excursión a la jungla.
11. (in or to a certain place)
a. allí
I'll be over in about an hour. Should I bring anything?Estaré allí en como una hora. ¿Traigo algo?
b. aquí
I'm at the restaurant, but I don't see you. - We're over here by the bar.Estoy en el restaurante, pero no los veo. - Estamos aquí por la barra.
12. (on the back)
a. al dorso
See over for dosage information.Véase al dorso para información de dosis.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
13. (completed; often used with "be")
a. acabar
The movie isn't over yet.Todavía no ha acabado la película.
b. terminar
This conversation is over.Esta conversación terminó.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
14. (telecommunications)
a. cambio
Mayday! Mayday! We are sinking. Over!¡Mayday! ¡Mayday! Nos estamos hundiendo. ¡Cambio!
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