nearby vs. near by
When is it one word, and when is it two words?
Obviously "near" and "by" are each words, so it seems as thought there may be an occasion to use them as separate words, but together. The only examples I can think of separates them with punctuation or other words.
The treasure we seek is near, by that tree over there.
The treasure we seek is near. It is by that tree over there.
The treasure we seek is nearby. That tree is a clue.
|link||answered Nov 27 '12 at 17:24 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
Nearby should always be one word unless there is a comma between them, this is because near and by both mean "close" (with "by" having the additional secondary meanings of "of" or "from") and the redundancy changes the meaning of the sentence.
Putting "near by", sans comma, is like saying "close close to"). When a comma is used, it is the same as saying "close, to the person in question as well as close to another, seperate thing. When made into one word it is the same as "close to" (though don't get me started on close by and close-by.
Using the canal example above:
[✘] "We live close close to the canal"
[✓] "We live close, close to the canal"
[✓] "We live close to the canal"
|link comment||answered Dec 19 '14 at 05:49 Shaun Lomeli New member|
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