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"Underneath" is a preposition which is often translated as "debajo de", and "below" is a preposition which is also often translated as "debajo de". Learn more about the difference between "underneath" and "below" below.
underneath(
uhn
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duhr
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nith
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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
The Paris catacombs extend for miles underneath the city.Las catacumbas de París se extienden por millas debajo de la ciudad.
b. bajo
The cat is playing underneath the table.El gato está jugando bajo la mesa.
c. abajo de
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
It's raining really hard! I think we should wait underneath this tree.¡Está lloviendo bien fuerte! Mejor esperamos abajo de este árbol.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (below)
a. debajo
I looked over the railing of the boat and saw dolphins swimming underneath.Me asomé a la barandilla del barco y vi delfines nadando debajo.
b. por debajo
I sat down in a chair in the airport and discovered a man napping underneath.Me senté en una silla en el aeropuerto y descubrí a un hombre tomando una siesta por debajo.
c. por abajo
This shirt is totally see-through! - Why don't you try putting something underneath?¡Esta camisa está totalmente transparente! - ¿Porqué no pruebas ponerle algo por abajo?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (underside)
a. la parte inferior
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My cat uses the underneath of my desk as a playground.Mi gato usa la parte inferior de mi escritorio como un patio de recreo.
b. la parte de abajo
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My sister dyed the underneath of her hair purple.Mi hermana tiñó la parte de abajo del cabello de morado.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (lower)
a. inferior
The underneath rock seems to be gold.La piedra inferior parece ser oro.
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below(
buh
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lo
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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. (under)
a. debajo de
Write your name below this line.Escribe tu nombre debajo de esta línea.
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)
There was a crack in the wall below the windowsill.Había una grieta en la pared abajo de la repisa de la ventana.
c. bajo
The majority of an iceberg is below the surface.La mayor parte de un iceberg está bajo la superficie.
2. (less than)
a. por debajo de
The price should be below $10,000.El precio debería estar por debajo de los 10,000 dólares.
3. (in rank or importance)
a. por debajo de
There is a meeting for all officers below captain.Hay una reunión para todos los oficiales por debajo del grado de capitán.
4. (downstream of)
a. más abajo de
The restaurant is 100 meters below the bridge.El restaurante está 100 metros más abajo del puente.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (underneath)
a. abajo
The cars below looked tiny.Los autos abajo se veían minúsculos.
6. (with numbers)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It was 30 degrees below.Hacía 30 grados bajo cero.
The competition is for children aged 12 or below.El concurso es para niños de 12 años para abajo.
7. (in documents)
a. más abajo
See the table below.Véase la tabla más abajo.
8. (nautical)
a. abajo
The prisoners were kept below.Los presos se guardaban abajo.
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