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[00:00.04]Today we answer a question from Mehdi.
[00:03.92]What is the difference between close and near?
[00:09.12]Dear Mehdi, Thank you for writing. You ask a good question.
[00:15.32]"Close" and "near" are commonly used as adjectives.
[00:21.52]When you are talking about physical distances,
[00:25.64]you can use either word.
[00:28.22]Like this: The subway station is close.
[00:33.47]The subway station is near.
[00:37.48]Both these sentences are correct and mean the same thing.
[00:42.81]But if you are talking about something that deals with abstract ideas
[00:50.00]or qualities, like relationships, you use "close" instead of "near."
[00:58.36]As in this example:
[01:01.16]My friend and I live in different countries, but we are very close.
[01:09.88]Here, I am saying that my friend and I are not in the same physical area,
[01:16.72]but we are emotionally connected. We are good friends.
[01:24.48]However, if I say, "My neighbor and I live in the same apartment building,
[01:31.76]but we are not close," I mean we occupy the same physical area,
[01:40.04]but we are not emotionally connected.
[01:44.80]My dog tried to bite his dog once, and he has never spoken to me again!
[01:53.44]Thanks for writing, Mehdi.
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[02:02.77]– it makes us feel close to our audience.
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