Use of "near", "by" & "nearby&q

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Use of "near", "by" & "nearby&q

Unread post by Brutnell210 » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:48 pm

Greetings from UK!
My name is Tony Smith & I am a TEFL teacher on a homestay beasis. One of my students has rasised an intersteing point - Is there any difference in usage between:-
Near, By & Nearby?
Any thoughts?
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Unread post by eric_p_m » Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:58 pm

Dear Brutnell,

near: not far away in place or time
nearby: not far away in place
by: emphasis on besides
nigh: older form of near

All the above forms originate from Old English. Differing usage might indicate either a generalization or a lack of education.

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