Introduction to the French Adverbs Dessus and Dessous
Dessus and dessous were originally prepositions, but today are more commonly used as adverbs. They are found in a number of adverbial phrases, such as au-dessus/au-dessous, là-dessus/là-dessous, and par-dessus/par-dessous, as well as in various idiomatic expressions. Despite their similar spelling and subtle (to untrained ears) difference in pronunciation, dessus and dessous are exact opposites.
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