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    #1

    strange consruction: near by me

    Hi everybody,

    what do you think of this sentence here:

    "The journey was very bad because my best friend died near by me"

    I would rather say: "....... next to me" instead of " near by me"
    or maybe just "nearby me?"

    What do the expert say?
    Thanks

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    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    I think it's perfectly acceptable. The two words are normally joined to form "nearby", but they don't have to be. "Next to me" is very specific, meaning very near indeed, which may not have been so in this case.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #3

    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    I think it odd that they aren't joined together.

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    #4

    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    interesting to see that you are of two different opinions.
    joined together or not joined together?? this ist the problem!
    Are you English native speakers, teachers?
    English sometimes can be very difficult, indeed!

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    #5

    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    I am not a teacher.

    If you click on Member Info you will see that Grumpy is English and SoothingDave is American. I am also a native speaker and I always use 'nearby' as one word, but Grumpy is perfectly correct. At least as far as BrE is concerned. See here.

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    #6

    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    If you click on Member Info you will see that Grumpy is English and SoothingDave is American. I am also a native speaker and I always use 'nearby' as one word, but Grumpy is perfectly correct. At least as far as BrE is concerned. See here.
    Dear Roman55,
    Thank you for your supporting comments, but I must correct your statement about my nationality. Grumpy is a Scottish Highlander who is British, not English.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Grumpy is a Scottish Highlander who is British, not English.
    Hence his grumpiness.

    (Just kidding.)

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    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Dear Roman55,
    Thank you for your supporting comments, but I must correct your statement about my nationality. Grumpy is a Scottish Highlander who is British, not English.
    I am not a teacher.

    Actually, I thought about that possibility (amongst others) when I wrote my post and considered specifying British English and American English (since I also made an assumption about SoothingDave's nationality) but it all seemed unnecessarily long-winded, so I didn't. That'll teach me a lesson for the next time.

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    #9

    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Hence his grumpiness.

    (Just kidding.)
    As PG Wodehouse observed, "It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine".

    Bah!!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: strange consruction: near by me

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Grumpy is a Scottish Highlander who is British, not English.
    And if he is in agreement with (nearly) 50% of his compatriots, he doesn't want to British.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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