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    "close in on" vs "move/get closer to"

    Hi,

    Recently, I have been hearing people say "close in on" something a lot. I am aware that "close in on" and "get closer to" are not always interchangeable. But as a non-native speaker, I found it extremely difficult to fathom the difference between them. Could someone elaborate with examples?


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    Re: "close in on" vs "move/get closer to"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    Recently, I have been hearing people say "close in on" something a lot. I am aware that "close in on" and "get closer to" are not always interchangeable. But as a non-native speaker, I found it extremely difficult to fathom the difference between them. Could someone elaborate with examples?


    Thank you!
    In what context have you heard it?

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    Re: "close in on" vs "move/get closer to"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In what context have you heard it?
    For example, "They are closing in on us!"

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    Re: "close in on" vs "move/get closer to"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    For example, "They are closing in on us!"
    Where did you hear/see that?

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    Re: "close in on" vs "move/get closer to"

    Le tyan, that is not enough context for us to say anything of value. Your sentence is grammatically correct, as is "They are getting closer to us". We need more context to know if one, or both, is appropriate.

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    Re: "close in on" vs "move/get closer to"

    "Get closer to" is emotionally neutral. "Close in on" implies an element of threat.

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