20.1.61 oberhalb = above (with Genitive)

Note! Oberhalb is a preposition that is used quite rarely. Oberhalb means that something is above something else but not necessarily in vertical sense.

Oberhalb des Dorfes sah man von weitem die Feuer.
= You could see the fire form far aways above the village.

This sentence actually means that there is something higher behind the village (a mountain or something) where the fire is, and the fire can be seen above the village.

Über dem Dorf sah man die Feuer.

= You could see the fire over the village.

This sentence would mean that the fire is over the village in a vertical meaning, the fire might be in the sky above the village or just in the air over the village. Hopefully this doesn't happen to often.

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