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    #1

    understand next to everything

    Are the following sentences idiomatic? (including the phrase in bold)

    I think my pronunciation and my vocabulary are getting better and better every day. I understand next to everything now.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: understand next to everything

    'I understand nearly everything now.'

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    #3

    Re: understand next to everything

    Or "I understand almost everything now".

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    #4

    Re: understand next to everything

    Does 'all but' work? The Oxford dictionary says it means 'very nearly'.

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    #5

    Re: understand next to everything

    Close, but not quite.

    YOU: 'Do you understand everything now?'

    ME: 'All but.'

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    #6

    Re: understand next to everything

    I am not a teacher.

    I think my pronunciation and my vocabulary aren't bad, but when I listen to native speakers I understand next to nothing.

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    #7

    Re: understand next to everything

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    .. getting better and better every day.
    I found the phrase 'with each passing day' in the Oxford dictionary, can it be used instead of 'every day' here?

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    #8

    Re: understand next to everything

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, or you could say, 'getting better day by day'.

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