In these sentences, are 'near' and 'close to' both natural?
If not, would you tell me the difference between near & close to, please?
1. Then I saw Tom come [near, close to] me and stare at me.
2. Come [near, close to] me and show me inside your bag.
Thank you very much.
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Come (over) here and let me look in your bag.
You answered right away. You must have been sitting [near / close to] the phone. (both OK)
We're very pleased that our son and his wife found a home [near / close to] us. (both OK)
Stand [near / close to] the door so you can hear what's going on in his office. (both OK)
Two tickets, please. I'd like something [near / close to] the stage. (both OK)
The Smiths live in the same town as we do, but not very [near / close to] us. (both OK)
Martino's Pizza Palace? Do you mean the place [near / close to] City Hall? (both OK)
I'm sorry to hear that your uncle died. Were you very close? (Only "close". Not "near".)
Sam feels close to his daughter, but not so much to his son. (Only "close". Not "near".)
"nearly" = "almost"
You gave a good answer, but it wasn't completely correct. It was nearly right, though. (Only "nearly". Not "closely".)
And (with to) it's an adjective meaning 'near': Stand close to me = Stand near me.
You can't say "near friend"
Near means: closely related (near neighbors) or narrow margin ( a near victory)
It depends on the situation and the habit of people. Different regions can have different ways of using these. Another difference is how you have to phrase them. Let's go through the exams below so you can understand more.
I live near the school.
I live close to the school. ( close + to, not just close the hospital)
source: Difference between close and near
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