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  1. seungoh
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    nearly

    hi.

    Would you please explain the different meaning of these two sentence ;

    He narrowly escaped drowning
    He nearly escaped drowning

    Does the latter one mean that he drowned in the end ?

    It is so tricky to me.

    Thank you.

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: nearly

    That's correct.

    nearly is synonymous with almost; i.e., he almost escaped. He didn't survive.

    narrowly expresses a limitation or constraint; i.e., There was a slim chance that he would survive, and he did.

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