What's the Difference Between 'Bellow' and 'Below'?

In this blog post we look at when to use bellow and when to use below.

'Bellow' or 'Below'?

Bellow and below are two words that are often confused because they are pronounced similarly and have related meanings. However, they have different spelling and different uses.

Bellow is a verb that means to make a loud, deep sound, usually by shouting or singing. It can also be used to describe the sound itself.

Below is a preposition that means lower in position than something else, or under something. It can also refer to a lower level or degree than something else.

Here are a few examples of sentences that use the words "bellow" and "below" correctly:

  • "He bellowed his anger at the top of his lungs." (bellow: to make a loud, deep sound)

  • "She bellowed the national anthem with such passion and pride." (bellow: to make a loud, deep sound)

  • "The bellow of the fog horn echoed through the harbor." (bellow: the sound itself)

  • "The water level was below the flood stage." (below: lower in position than something else)

  • "The room temperature was below freezing." (below: a lower level or degree than something else)

  • "The cave entrance was hidden below the bushes." (below: under something)

Examples of Bellow in a Sentence

  1. "The lion bellowed a warning to the intruders."

  2. "She bellowed the lyrics to her favorite song."

  3. "He bellowed his frustration at the top of his lungs."

  4. "The bellow of the saxophone filled the room."

  5. "She bellowed the instructions to the team."

  6. "He bellowed his excitement after scoring the winning goal."

  7. "The bellow of the foghorn could be heard for miles."

  8. "She bellowed the directions to the lost tourists."

  9. "He bellowed his anger at the referee."

  10. "The bellow of the trumpet signaled the start of the parade."

Examples of Below in a Sentence

  1. "The water level in the lake is below normal for this time of year."

  2. "The temperature outside is below freezing, so be careful when driving."

  3. "The cave entrance is hidden below the bushes."

  4. "The instructions for assembling the toy are written below the picture on the box."

  5. "The password for the website is written below the login form."

  6. "The price of the item is listed below the description on the website."

  7. "The recipe for the cake is written below the title in the cookbook."

  8. "The office is located on the floor below the lobby."

  9. "The basement is below the ground floor."

  10. "The bottom of the pool is several feet below the surface."

Bellow or Below
Bellow or Below