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    Default More on nearly and barely

    Dear teachers,

    I have asked the question before and have got the answer. Now new problem arises.

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

    a. nearly b. barely

    My English teacher said the key is 'b'. 'a' is entirely wrong. He said 'nearly' can't be used with 'can' and 'could'. Is there such a rule?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Default Re: More on nearly and barely

    a) is better than b), as B) has a negative connotation, which doesn't fit with the use of 'encouraging'.

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    Default Re: More on nearly and barely


    Dear tdol,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. The problem is if I choose 'a' in the exam I'll lose mark.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    a) is better than b), as B) has a negative connotation, which doesn't fit with the use of 'encouraging'.

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