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Offline Takashi

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"beyond" and "above"
« on: February 25, 2016, 05:04:27 pm »
I came across the following sentence.
    His behavior is completely beyond my understanding.

Could you tell me if it is also correct to say, "His behavior is completely above my understanding"?

If both are all right, I'd appreciate it if you could tell me which sounds more natural.

Thank you very much.

Takashi

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Re: "beyond" and "above"
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2016, 10:05:08 pm »
beyond - outside the boundaries
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Re: "beyond" and "above"
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2016, 10:34:46 pm »
Yes, 'above' just doesn't fit well there. 'Beyond my understanding' is a bit like 'beyond comprehension' - it's a fixed phrase, and to substitute another word makes it unnatural.

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Re: "beyond" and "above"
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2016, 02:42:19 pm »
Thank you very much, Mr Baker and Darryl!
Everything is clear now.

Takashi