I'm pretty sure you have all heard 'beneath' at least once. Here, we are going t learn all there it about it.

How To Use "Beneath" in English

'Beneath' can function as both a preposition and an adverb. In this lesson, we are going to discuss how to learn and use it.

Functions of 'Beneath'

'Beneath' as a Preposition

As stated above, 'beneath' can be a preposition. Let us see the kinds of prepositions it can be:


'Beneath' as a Preposition of Place

'Beneath' is mainly a preposition of place in sentences. Below, we are going to learn all about its different meanings. Look below:

  • When something/someone is in a lower position than something/someone else:

There's a cockroach right beneath your chair.

The treasure was lost beneath the ship.

  • When something/someone is lower than another in status and so he/se is considered to be not enough:

Last year, I considered teaching at institutes beneath me.

I hate the fact that she considers others beneath her.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'beneath' is a preposition here, it mostly comes before nouns or noun phrases. We can have a prepositional phrase at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the sentence. Look at the following examples:

Beneath the table, I could see two cute little paws.

The girl, laying breathless beneath the leaves, was staring blankly at the sky.

Hannah, there's a paper beneath your chair.


Please note that whenever we have a prepositional phrase at the beginning, we must put a comma after it. Also, if we have a prepositional phrase in the middle, we must put two commas both before and after it.

'Beneath' as an Adverb

We can also have 'beneath' as an adverb. Let us see what we can learn about it:


'Beneath' as an Adverb of Place

When something/someone is in a lower position in regard to another, we use 'beneath' as an adverb of place to refer to it. Look at the following examples below:

I wonder how God reacts to everything, sitting up there looking at us beneath.

Look at him beneath.

Position in a Sentence

Since 'beneath' is an adverb here, we must put it after adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs so as to modify them. Look at the examples below:

Although she is smiling, there have been many tears and cries beneath.

All this is the result of years of practice beneath.


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