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    Default "a near two"/"a nearly two"

    I have a question over the difference in "near" and "nearly" when used as an adverb. It comes up often in my place of business. We use AP style in our writing if that makes a difference. The specific sentence of debate is:

    "The man was involved in a nearly two-hour standoff."

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    "The man was involved in a near two-hour standoff."


    From the forums I was able to dig up on similar uses of the words, they both seem to be correct (though one sounds better than the other). Can anyone confirm this?

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    Default Re: "a near two"/"a nearly two"

    Rewrite!
    A standoff of nearly two hours.

    It was not a near standoff -- it happened.

    Because of the silly rule about not hyphenating adverbs that end in -ly, you can't do the thing that makes the most sense: a nearly-two-hour standoff. Or change nearly to almost. An almost-two-hour standoff.

    Revision is your friend when style guides are not!
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