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    #1

    almost

    Hi,

    1- You almost/nearly killed me. (It is OK)

    2- You were almost/nearly killing me.

    3- I almost/nearly did not notice her.

    I am aware it is OK to use 'simple past' with 'almost/nearly', that is, sentence 1 is OK, but I would like to ask if the sentence 2 is OK or not. Plus, is it OK to use 'almost/nearly' in a negative sentence?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by aysaa; 05-Sep-2013 at 12:56. Reason: typo

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    #2

    Re: almost

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    1- You almost/nearly killed me. (It is OK)

    2- You were almost/nearly killing me.

    3- You almost/nearly did not notice her.

    I am aware it is OK to use 'simple past' with 'almost/nearly', that is, sentence 1 is OK, but I would like to ask if the sentence 2 is OK or not. Plus, is it OK to use 'almost/nearly' in a negative sentence?

    Thanks.
    #2 is not natural. #3 is possible.

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    #3

    Re: almost

    Apart from sounding unnatural, #2 means something different. 'You were nearly killing me' does not refer to an extended period of nearly fatal torture; it refers to someone being funny.

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