"on the ground" or "above the ground"

Reply Sun 26 Jul, 2009 06:01 pm
If I want to say the opposite meaning of "under the ground", should I say "on the ground" or "above the ground"?

Thanks a lot.
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Reply Sun 26 Jul, 2009 06:35 pm
That depends on the context. There are 3 separate positions. One is under, one is on, and the other is above. What is the full context of what you want to say.

For example, a snake lives under ground. When it's not in its home, it moves on the ground.

However, some hornets ansd wasps build a nest under gound, but when not in their homes, fly over the ground.
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Reply Sun 26 Jul, 2009 07:11 pm
In addition to what Ragman posted, in the common vernacular of American English, we typically say under ground or above ground. We don't use "the" in between those words.
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