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    it is difficult to use

    when we use "almost" and when we use "nearly"?
    please nelp me.

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    #2

    Re: it is difficult to use

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    I don't see any great difference in usage, Khikho:

    It is almost/nearly 7 o'clock.
    I am almost/nearly 30 years old.
    He almost/nearly missed his train.
    Almost/Nearly all of my friends are gay.
    Almost/Nearly everything's ready.


    I suppose that some members will come up with fixed usages, though..

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    Re: it is difficult to use

    In addition to the difference in the metaphorical picture isn't almost a bit more than nearly, Mister Micawber?

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    Re: it is difficult to use

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    Not to my ears, Dr. I. 'Dinner is nearly ready' and 'Dinner is almost ready' equally cause me to salivate.
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    Re: it is difficult to use

    Here's one of those fixed usages, MrM. When the family's going on a long car journey, any time after the first five minutes the children in the back ask "Are we nearly there yet?". (I would agree that 'Are we almost there yet?' would be a perfectly acceptable question; I've just never heard it. with my linguist's hat on I'd be tempted to suggest that the the two dentals [n...] make the 'nearly' version easier to articulate than the 'almost' version.)

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