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Expression: carrying a bag under her arm #1 (permalink) Mon Aug 21, 2006 16:52 pm   Expression: carrying a bag under her arm
 

English Grammar Error, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #22 "Gerunds and Idioms", question 9

No one had the least suspicion that she was a shoplifter but the detective noticed that she was carrying a bag below her arm full of stolen items.

(a) suspicion
(b) shoplifter
(c) below

English Grammar Error, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #22 "Gerunds and Idioms", answer 9

No one had the least suspicion that she was a shoplifter but the detective noticed that she was carrying a bag under her arm full of stolen items.

Correct entry: under
The error was: (c) below
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Under/below #2 (permalink) Mon Aug 21, 2006 17:12 pm   Under/below
 

Hi,

Under often refers to a position that is to some extent hidden as here because she wants to hide the stolen items. Below suggests lower than, which wouldn't make sense in this sentence.

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