2

enter image description here

In my county, I learned that beneath means the underside. When the ball sticks to the base of the table, we say that the ball is beneath the table.Is that right? I want to know the exact meaning of 'beneath'?

3
  • 2
    It never exactly means the underside, because that's a noun usage, and beneath is always an adverb, preposition, or adjective. The nearest alternative is underneath, which is similar to beneath, but can also be used as a noun. For example, The top side was worn and smooth, but the underneath was flaky and sharp. – FumbleFingers May 19 '15 at 12:05
  • I want to know the exact preposition when something(ex:gum..) is stick to the underside of something(ex: table...) – 박용현 May 19 '15 at 12:41
  • In my opinion, under would be good enough. It could be a bit counter-intuitive, but if you talk about gum and the underside of something, chances are on would be the best choice. For example, Bubble Gum on My Shoe. – Damkerng T. May 19 '15 at 13:17
2

I want to know the exact preposition when something(ex:gum..) is stick to the underside of something(ex: table...)

In that case, beneath is not the correct word. We would not say that the gum is sticking beneath the table.

We would say as you have said, that the gum is sticking to the underside of the table, or on the underside of the table. I know of no one word that means "on the underside" or "to the underside".

A teacher might say to the class:

Don't be sticking your chewing gum up under your desks!

0

"beneath", preposition and adverb, is a more elevated variant for "under". "beneath" and its variant "underneath" are used in written language rather than in spoken language.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.