It's quite confusing for me to understand the difference between these two words. The sentences:

  • Read below all the information that you may need.

  • Read beneath all the information that you may need.

Is that correct?

  • What do you mean by "is that correct?" Are you asking which of them is correct in this context? – Nathan Tuggy Jul 25 '18 at 21:50
  • I was asking if both sentences are correct. I would like to know if the sentences still have the same meaning, even though I changed the words. – Luan Marques Jul 25 '18 at 22:03
  • All the information you may need is below.
  • Below is all the information you may need.

Below is used for referring to something that is not at the same level as something else: underneath it. Text can be said to be below some other thing on a page. Under it.

  • The comments were beneath me. [not worth my responding to]

Beneath is used to mean below in a moral sense.

(I have not addressed all the uses of below, just the ones in the context presented).


Below is mainly used in cases where an object is not directly under another.

  • We could find something below the surface of the water.
  • Millions of people still live below the poverty line. (Somewhere below > - that hypothetical line separating the poor from the rich)

Below is also used in measurements where we think of a vertical scale.

  • This part of the country is below sea level.


Beneath is mainly used in a literal or formal style.

  • Coral reefs that lie beneath the waters were a beautiful sight.
  • They sat beneath a huge mango tree.


  • Isn't it unbelievable to you that I answered one aspect of the question and you answered another, and we were both canned. – Lambie Jul 26 '18 at 13:11
  • @Lambie - I think they are both valid answers.... – user070221 Jul 26 '18 at 13:18
  • Exactly, they are. I actually posted a question about this in the ELL meta forum. – Lambie Jul 26 '18 at 13:20
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    @Lambie - yes, that makes sense. – user070221 Jul 26 '18 at 13:25
  • @Lambie what do you mean by we were both canned? – dan Jul 30 '18 at 0:21

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