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    Dear teachers,

    I have one question to ask:

    The patient's progress was very encouraging as he could _______ get out of bed without help.

    a. nearly b. barely

    The key is "a'. Could you please explain if I could choose "b"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: nearly

    "barely" would convey a negative meaning, indicating almost no progress, while the usage of "nearly" implies that the patient has been recovering fine, now almost able to move on his own after a period of being practically immobilised.

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    Re: nearly


    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tomasz Klimkiewicz
    "barely" would convey a negative meaning, indicating almost no progress, while the usage of "nearly" implies that the patient has been recovering fine, now almost able to move on his own after a period of being practically immobilised.

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