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"Could you please tell me the difference between under, below, behind and beneath? I know these words are used to describe locations, but I can't tell how I use them correctly. Thank you!"

Zhang Junming, from Chengdu

'Behind' can be a preposition or an adverb.

Feifei parked her car behind Neil's.

After the party last night, I stayed behind to help clean up the mess.

'Under' is used if something is being covered by something else.

My wallet was under the newspaper.

The presents are under the Christmas tree.


'Below' is used to describe something that's not immediately under.

The author's name is printed below the title.

In this week's Question and Answer of the Week, Feifei and Neil explain the differences between some very similar words.

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