Adverbs of Place – Debaixo, Acima, Abaixo

No one’s above a little studying! In this lesson, we’ll be looking at some more adverbs of place. Remember: Unlike other adverbs, adverbs of place only modify verbs.

Acima

Acima is the equivalent of “above”, and as such it is rather straightforward.
Examples:
Ninguém está acima da lei. No one is above the law.
Veja a ilustração no exemplo acima. Look at the illustration in the example above.

Abaixo

Abaixo means “below” (the opposite of acima). Abaixo describes a thing or person that is in an inferior position in relation to another thing or person.
Examples:
Hoje esperam-se temperaturas abaixo de zero. Today we’re expecting temperatures below zero.
A solução do problema está descrita abaixo. The solution to the problem is described below.

Debaixo

Debaixo is the equivalent of “under” in English. It is used when a thing or person is immediately under a certain other thing or person, in close physical proximity.
Examples:
Guardo o estojo da guitarra debaixo da minha cama. I keep my guitar case under my bed.
Há tanto cotão debaixo da carpete! There’s so much lint under the carpet!
 

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