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1. The fan is above the desk.

(Can we use 'above' any time when the fan is on the ceiling, for example, in each corner. When the fan is directly over the desk, can we use "over" as in the sentence? Can we use 'above' when the fan is in each corner of the ceiling.)

2. The fan is over the desk.
(Do we use 'over' when the fan is directly above the desk verticallty? When the fan is in each corner, can't we use 'over? If the desk is in the midder of the room, the fan is not directly above the desk.) •English - Writeacher, Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:05am
If the fan is sitting on one corner of the desk or the other corner, you'd say the fan is ON the desk. ..............

To be ABOVE the desk or OVER the desk, it would have to be mounted on the wall and above the surface of the desk or suspended from the ceiling.
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Thank you for your kind explanation. At the center of a room, there is a small table. If a fan is atttached to the ceiling, can we use both 'above' and 'over' in the same way? Or we can use 'above' wherever the fan is attached on the ceiling, but we use 'over' when the fan is directly above the table. How about this explanation? (Situation: the fan is not on the table.)

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  1. At the center of a room, there is a small table. If a fan is attached to the ceiling, can we use both 'above' and 'over' in the same way? Or we can use 'above' wherever the fan is attached on the ceiling, but we use 'over' when the fan is directly above the table. How about this explanation?

    In these examples, either "over" or "above" is fine. They mean approximately the same thing.

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