Student or Learner
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?
Last edited by aysaa; 05-Sep-2013 at 12:56. Reason: typo
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.