sinja   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 00:55 GMT
Is the following true?

We say:
Please see the picture above.
Please see the picture below.

We say:
Please see above.
Please see below.

We say:
The above picture shows...
But we can't say:
The below picture shows...

Thank you.
Jim   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 01:43 GMT
You read/hear such things all the time. They're fine.
sinja   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 02:26 GMT
Sorry to repeat the question, but let me confirm.

So, we can NOT say "The below picture shows... "?
Dulcinea del Toboso   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 03:20 GMT

Your initial post seems accurate to me. That is, the phrase "The below picture shows... " sounds odd, even though "The above picture shows..." sounds fine.

I would say "The picture below shows..."

As to the reason for this discrepancy, I have no idea.
Jim   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 03:46 GMT
You were right to repeat yourself: I hadn't understood what you'd been asking: I read too quickly. I agree with Dulcinea del Toboso. As to why: I can't offer any better explaination that it seems that "above" can be an adjective whereas "below" can't ... but then, of course, you might well ask why this is so.

below: adverb, preposition

above: adverb, adjective, preposition
sinja   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 04:59 GMT
Thank you Jim and Dulcinea del Toboso! Both of your comments are informative to me.

One more question.

I think I've heard of:
The system configuration is as shown above/below.

But can we also say the following?
The system configuration is as above/below.
Jim   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 05:12 GMT
"The system configuration is as above." sounds fine but there's something odd about "The system configuration is as below."
sinja   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 06:20 GMT
So maybe I should say "The system configuration is as follows" instead?
Migh Mick   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 10:38 GMT
The system configuration is as shown below. (a diagram)
The system configuration is as follows: (a written description or diagram)
T   Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 11:02 GMT
What about this: "The picture above shows..."?
Mi5 Mick   Thursday, June 24, 2004, 07:19 GMT
Yes to: "The picture above shows..."