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    #1

    If we lived nearer school, we wouldn’t have to go on the bus.

    If we lived nearer school, we wouldn’t have to go on the bus.
    (ENLISH IN MIND 2, Cambridge University Press)

    I don’t understand the usage of ‘nearer’ here. Is it a preposition or an adjective or adverb? If it’s a preposition, how can it be in a comparative degree form? If it’s an adjective / adverb, how can it be followed by 'school'?

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    #2

    Re: If we lived nearer school, we wouldn’t have to go on the bus.

    This is an example from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: "Go and sit nearer (to) the fire."

    In this particular usage, "near" is classified as a preposition. However, the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines it as an adverb or preposition.

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    Re: If we lived nearer school, we wouldn’t have to go on the bus.

    I see "nearer" as an adverb and there is an implied preposition (to) after it.

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