08/06/16 NEAR or NEAR TO: Which one is correct?
The adjective near can be used as a preposition, with or without to. To is not normally used when we’re talking about physical closeness.
We live near the station.
When we’re not talking about physical closeness, near to is often preferred.
I came very near to quitting.
Nearer and nearest are generally used with to, though to can be dropped in an informal style.
Come and sit nearer (to) me.
Who’s the girl sitting nearest (to) the door?