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under vs underneath

 
 
Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2009 06:46 am
The box is under/underneath the table.

Can I use either preposition?

Thanks in advance.
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2009 06:53 am
@tanguatlay,
Either is OK.

"Underneath" to me implies it is hidden in some way but that could just be local usage.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2009 12:13 pm
@parados,
I get the same impliction.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2009 12:24 pm
um, well, USUALLY they're interchangeable, probgably at least if you're talking physical objects--and it's probably true that "underneath" has somewhat the connotation that what's under is smaller and completely overwhelmed by what's above it, like "I'm underneath an elephant". If it's not a physical object, I'm not sure they're interchangeable. Something can be "under consideration", i.e. you're thinking about it. You probably wouldn't use "underneath consideration". If you did, it would probably be perceived as similar to "beneath consideration", i.e. not even worth thinking about. Something can be "under construction", i.e. it's being constructed. It can't bde "underneath construction". (Well, you might be talking about the untouched basement of a building which was being rehabbed above ground, but that's really stretching it).
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Wed 22 Jul, 2009 12:35 pm
Other times you might use only one of the two:

"I'm under her" (she's my boss)
"I'm underneath her" (she's sitting on top of me)(you might also say this if she's beinng particularly bossy and you're really feeling put upon)
"I'm feeling under the weather" (I feel sick)(idiom; idioms generally require a set form of words)
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