Below versus Bellows

What is the Difference Between Below and Bellow?


When to Use Below

Below can be a preposition or an adverb. In both cases, it describes the position of something relative to something else, namely, something that is underneath another object.


When to Use Bellow

Bellow is a verb. To bellow is to yell loudly in a deep voice.

An angry merchant might bellow to a thief to get out of his shop, or a gladiator might bellow a threat to his opponent.

The word bellows is also a unique noun. Bellows are a device for blowing air to stoke a fire. Bellows is only ever plural; there is no singular bellow.

For example,

  • Foot-operated bellows used for smelting metal were called tatara in Ancient Japan.

    Summary

    Is it below or bellow? Despite their similar spellings and close pronunciations, these words function as different parts of speech and are never interchangeable.

    Below functions as a preposition or an adverb and means beneath something else.

    Bellow is a verb that means to yell loudly, or a noun referring to a device used to keep a fire burning.

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