08/06/16 NEAR or NEAR TO: Which one is correct?

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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.
Example:
We live near the station.

When we’re not talking about physical closeness, near to is often preferred.
Example:
I came very near to quitting.

Nearer and nearest are generally used with to, though to can be dropped in an informal style.
Examples:
Come and sit nearer (to) me.
Who’s the girl sitting nearest (to) the door?