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    nearly/approximately as good as

    Correct me if I'm wrong.Thanks for your advice.
    1. So far I haven't found a forum nearly/approximately as good as this one.
    2. I didn't find a forum nearly/approximately as good as this one.
    3. I haven't found a forum nearly/approximately as good as this one up to now.

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    Re: nearly/approximately as good as

    In all three, use nearly, not approximately.

    The phrase you're practising is "(not) nearly as (good/etc.)"

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    Re: nearly/approximately as good as

    Quote Originally Posted by blizzy View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks for your advice.
    Quote Originally Posted by blizzy View Post
    (So far,) I haven't found a forum nearly/approximately anywhere near as good as this (one).
    The past simple would imply that you've stopped looking or that you looked but found none.

    Take a look at entry #1.1 under "Phrases" in the link below.
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/anywhere
    Last edited by teechar; 15-Mar-2017 at 21:38. Reason: fixed quote tag

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    Re: nearly/approximately as good as

    "Approximately" doesn't fit any of them. Use "nearly."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: nearly/approximately as good as

    "Approximately" is used only with figures e.g. as in telling the time, taking readings of instruments, maths, etc., isn't it?
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    Re: nearly/approximately as good as

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Approximately" is used only with figures e.g. as in telling the time, taking readings of instruments, maths, etc., isn't it?
    That's approximately correct. I recommend that learners use "approximately" as you suggest. You will, however, hear it used sometimes as a synonym for more-or-less or ​nearly.
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