Saturday, September 3, 2011


Near = (1) not far distant in time, space, degree, or circumstances:’ The sunset is drawing near.’

Near or near to (NOT near from): ‘The post office is near (to) the bank.’ ‘If we moved to Dallas, we would be nearer to my parents.’

To say that something is only a short distance from a place, use nearby: ‘I stopped at one of the nearby cottages and asked the way.’ ‘It’s very convenient having a supermarket nearby.’

Nearby is used as an adjective or adverb: ‘We flew from a nearby airport.’ ‘There is an airport nearby.’

When you need a preposition, use near: ‘The hotel is near the sea.’

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