Next to zero means very, very small. If the chances are next to zero they are very, very small.
- True, we consider the length, shape, size, or texture, but an object's physical aspects are less important than what it has done or can do to us-hurt us, surprise us, anger us or make us joyful.
As you can see, I added some punctuation to your sentence. The first word does, no doubt, refer to something previously stated.
- What do these two phrases mean?