Adjective or adverb?

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Adjective or adverb?

Post by Rustamsher » Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:34 pm

Hi Mr Alan Bunyan,

We used to live close to a railway line. Every time a train went past,the whole house
would shake.

Why is close used after the verb? Should the adverb (closely --> in this case) not be used ?


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Re: Adjective or adverb?

Post by Alan » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:35 am

'Close to' is a fixed phrasal preposition equivalent to 'near'. (It has nothing to do with adjectives vs. adverbs.)