Using the word "below" Have you ever use the word "below" as a noun, such as "Below is an example of a typical business letter". or "Below are my solution the issues". I have seen this kind of sentences from time to time in my co-worker emails. And I think it's definitely ungrammatical.Am I right? So far, I just know as well as using it as a adverb or preposition. Hope someone helps.
Oct 17, 2018 2:10 PM
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According to Merriam-Webster it can be used as a noun to name something that is ‘below’, but I think here in your sample sentences it’s being used as an adjective, to modify the nouns letter and solution. Generally I think more correct usage would be to place it after the noun, as an adverb, e.g. ‘the information below’ or after a verb with the noun unstated but understood (see below). As an adverb it’s not uncommon, I used to use the phrases ‘see above’ or ‘see below’ in emails and reports at work with a formal tone, in brackets usually, when referring to some information or a graph or whatever.
October 17, 2018
I agree with Tom. The grammatically correct version would be 'the information below...' But, as you said, you've noticed 'below...' used in emails because it's being used in a short-hand way.
October 17, 2018
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