Using near

Posted by Manjusha Filed in Practical English Usage

Near is a conjunction.

Near as a preposition

Near can be used with or without to. To is not normally used when we are talking about physical closeness.

  • Don’t go near the edge of the cliff, you may fall over it. (NOT Don’t go near to the edge ---)
  • When we are not talking about physical closeness, near to is often preferred.

    Nearer and nearest are generally used with to, though to can be dropped in an informal style.

    See also

    Near
    Nearest and next
    Negative forms
    Neither
    Neither, nor and not either
    No, none and not a/any
    No matter
    North, northern, south, southern
    not only ... but also...
    Using not only...but also

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