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    NEAR/NEARLY

    give me examples to illustrate the difference between 'near' and 'nearly' when they play the same function as the adverbial modifier in English sentences.
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    I'm not sure they do have the same function- they mean different things.

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    Re: NEAR/NEARLY

    adverb: in a close manner (Example: "The person most nearly concerned")
    adverb: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished (Example: "He nearly fainted")


    verb: move towards (Example: "They are drawing near")
    adjective: not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances (Example: "Near neighbors")
    adjective: closely resembling the genuine article (Example: "Near beer")
    adjective: (comparative of `close') indicating the one of two that is the shorter distance away (Example: "Take the near street and then turn right")
    adjective: very close in resemblance (Example: "A near likeness")
    adjective: with or in a close or intimate relationship (Example: "My sisters and brothers are near and dear")
    adjective: giving or spending with reluctance (Example: "Very close (or near) with his money")
    adverb: near in time or place or relationship (Example: "As the wedding day drew near")



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    Re: NEAR/NEARLY

    verb: move towards (Example: "They are drawing near")

    In this example, wouldn't you say that 'near' is an adverb?

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    Re: NEAR/NEARLY

    For the verb, you might say: "They were nearing their destination."

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    Yep.

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