Above and Over

above and over

Above and over can both mean ‘higher than’. Above is more common with this meaning.

The water came up above/over our knees.
Can you see the helicopter above/over the palace?

We use above when one thing is not directly over another.
We’ve got a little house above the lake. (NOT … over the lake.)

We prefer over when one thing covers and/or touches another.
There is a cloud over the South of England.
He put on a coat over his pajamas.

We use over or across when one thing crosses another.
The plane was flying over/across Denmark.
Electricity cables stretch over/across the fields.

Above is used in measurements of temperature and height, and in other cases where we think of a vertical scale.
The temperature is three degrees above zero.
The summit of Everest is about 8000 meters above sea level.
She’s well above average in intelligence.

We usually use over, not above, to talk about ages and speeds, and to mean
‘more than’.
You have to be over 18 to see this film.
The police said she was driving at over 110 mph.
There were over 100,000 people at the festival.

In a book or paper, above means ‘written before’.
The above rules and regulations apply to all students.
For prices and delivery charges, see above.
See over
means ‘look on the next page’.
There are cheap flights at weekends: see over.


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  1. @itucker says:

    Wow thanks it really makes sense to me now.

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