What is the difference between over and above ; beside and behind?

Dear student
Above and over generally mean the same thing that is" on a higher level", the only difference is that above is often used when there is no contact between the two surfaces whereas over is used when the two surfaces are in contact. Otherwise these two words are mostly interchangeable. 
For eg- The cloth is over the table ( surfaces in contact) 
              The sky is above my head ( surfaces not in contact) 
The difference between beside and behind is that beside means- on side of, whereas behind means- at the back of. 
For eg- A stranger is walking behind me. 
             My partner is sitting beside me. 
Hope this helps! 

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