nearby vs. near by


When is it one word, and when is it two words?

nearby asked Nov 27 '12 at 12:46 David Contributor

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Nearby can be used both as an adjective and an adverb. I went to a nearby library to study. I live nearby.

link comment answered Nov 27 '12 at 16:10 sanjay Expert

Thanks, sanjay.  And when would you use "near by"?

link answered Nov 27 '12 at 16:50 David Contributor

nearby is one word and not two.

sanjayNov 27 '12 at 17:10

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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

How about "We live near by the canal"?

DavidNov 27 '12 at 17:37

We live nearby the canal. We live near, by the canal.

Patty TNov 27 '12 at 20:03

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How about " I'm now going to retire to a near by sofa and deal with my food coma."

What that mean?

link comment answered Dec 03 '13 at 08:33 Luke Andrian New member

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