Which one is correct in American English? What is the best way to say that?

1) Please scratch the upper of my knee. 2) Please scratch above my knee.

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(2) is reasonably correct. It could be more explicit by saying:

Please scratch the area above my knee.

In (1), both "upper" (adjective) and "of my knee" (prepositional phrase) have nothing to modify. The following would be grammatically correct:

Please scratch the upper part of my knee.

Which one you should use depends on where you actually want to be scratched.

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