What is the difference between by and near? According to Oxford living Dictionaries, the meanings seem to be identical

5. Indicating location of a physical object beside a place or object:

1. At or to a short distance away from (a place):

Which preposition should I choose between the two?

I am sitting by/near the window.

  • They're both fine, and mean exactly the same. Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 17:48

1 Answer 1


Both are correct. "By" indicates a greater degree of closeness than "near". You could replace "by" with "next to" without any loss of meaning.

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