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Dessus
On
On top of
Dessous
Under
Beneath
La valise est sur la table.
Voici la table - mettez la valise dessus.
Son nom est marqué sur le papier
Prenez le papier, son nom est marqué dessus.
La valise est sous la table.
Voici la table - mettez la valise dessous.
Le prix est marqué sous le verre.
Prenez le verre, le prix est marqué dessous.
au-dessus (de)
au-dessous (de)
The construction au-dessus/dessous (de) is used to indicate a fixed object's position: on top of, above / below, underneath. It can replace sur/sous or dessus/dessous; i.e., it may or may not be followed by a noun.
Dessus/Dessous - as you can see in the following examples, sur/sous must be followed by a noun, while dessus.dessous can only be used when the noun has already been mentioned.
La valise est sur la table.

Voici la table - mettez la valise dessus.
Personne ne vit au-dessus de mon appartement.
J'aime mon apparte - personne ne vit au-dessus.