NEAR/NEARLY

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give me examples to illustrate the difference between 'near' and 'nearly' when they play the same function as the adverbial modifier in English sentences.
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I'm not sure they do have the same function- they mean different things. ;-)
 

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• adverb: in a close manner (Example: "The person most nearly concerned")
• adverb: (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished (Example: "He nearly fainted")


• verb: move towards (Example: "They are drawing near")
• adjective: not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances (Example: "Near neighbors")
• adjective: closely resembling the genuine article (Example: "Near beer")
• adjective: (comparative of `close') indicating the one of two that is the shorter distance away (Example: "Take the near street and then turn right")
• adjective: very close in resemblance (Example: "A near likeness")
• adjective: with or in a close or intimate relationship (Example: "My sisters and brothers are near and dear")
• adjective: giving or spending with reluctance (Example: "Very close (or near) with his money")
• adverb: near in time or place or relationship (Example: "As the wedding day drew near")


 

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• verb: move towards (Example: "They are drawing near")

In this example, wouldn't you say that 'near' is an adverb? ;-)
 

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For the verb, you might say: "They were nearing their destination."

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