Someone from twitter recently asked me what the difference between near and nearby is. I thought I would post my answer in case others had the same question.
adverb –in close relationship, within a short distance.
Christmas is drawing near.
adjective – close in time, space or position, short and direction, barely avoided, close kinship
Julianne is my near and dear friend.
preposition – close to
I live in a town that is near the beach.
adverb – not far away.
I live nearby.
adjective – a short distance away
There is a great restaurant in this nearby town.
As you can see only ‘near’ is a preposition and there are subtle differences between the uses of the 2 as adverbs and adjectives.
Try this little quiz to see if understand the differences between the two words.
- In the _______ future, I will be president!
- I ate at a _________ restaurant.
- My grandmother is _____ death.