Pattern 1: be + above + noun A dark cloud was above the house.
Pattern 2: verb + noun + above + noun Let’s hang the picture above the sofa.
Verbs commonly used before above:
arrange, carry, hang, hold, keep, place, put, set
Her blood pressure is above normal.
The children in her class are all above average.
In the navy, a captain is above a commander.
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Pattern 1: be + above + noun The policeman is above cruelty.
Nouns often used after above:
cruelty, dishonesty, meanness, perjury, theft, murder, treason
Pattern 2: be + above + verb in gerund form
He may be poor, but he is above stealing.
Gerunds often used with this meaning:
breaking the law, cheating, gossiping, lying, robbing, snooping, stealing
up above (adverb)—in heaven
Our dear grandmother is now in peace up above.
above and beyond the call of duty—action that is more or greater than what is expected of a person
My teacher’s help after school was above and beyond the call of duty.
above board—completely honest and open
Our negotiations with the company were above board.
above the law—exempt from restrictions of the law People in power sometimes believe they are above the law.