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‡Near, nearest and next

Near can be used as a preposition, an
adjective or an adverb.
When used as an adverb, near is the
opposite of far. It means within a short
distance in space or time.
The station is quite near.
The Christmas holidays are drawing
He lives nearby. OR He lives near at
Near can also be used as a preposition.
Don’t go near the edge of the
parapet. You may fall over it.
Don’t go near the well.
It is getting near lunch-time.
We live near the station.
Near can also be used as an adjective.
The adjective near has comparative
and superlative forms ending in –er
and –est.
She is a near relative of mine.
They are our near and dear ones.
Nearer and nearest are generally used
with to.
Who is that little boy sitting nearest
to the door?
Nearest and next
Nearest means most near in space.
Excuse me. Where’s the nearest bus
Next means ‘after this / that one’.
We look forward to your next visit.
We will get off at the next station.
Almost and nearly
Almost and nearly can be used with
similar meanings.
There were nearly a hundred
There were almost a hundred
Nearly is not normally used with non-
assertive words like never, nobody,
nothing, anything, any etc.
He will eat almost anything. (NOT
He will eat nearly anything.)

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