What's correct

"Near to me"


"near me"?

Context: "I'm looking for a supermarket near (to) me". "This school is located near (to) me.", "the place is near (to) you" etc.

  • near does not require a to for a geographic meaning.
    – Lambie
    Apr 4, 2017 at 16:39
  • @Lambie Then basically you're saying that sometimes it does require the preposition "to". Can you tell me please when? Apr 4, 2017 at 16:54
  • Only if you mean emotionally near or close. Then, yes. Otherwise it is not needed.
    – Lambie
    Apr 4, 2017 at 21:18

3 Answers 3


Both are fine, and mean exactly the same.

Near and near to as prepositions

The preposition near (to) means ‘not far away in distance’. Near and near to mean the same, but near is more common:

She comes from a small place on the coast near Barcelona.

My mother loves to sit near the fire at night.

She reached out her hand and drew him near to her.

(Cambridge - English Grammar Today)


The to in near to is largely extraneous; Cambridge's English Grammar Today treats them as equivalent:

The preposition near (to) means ‘not far away in distance’. Near and near to mean the same, but near is more common.

OALD adds a note that

Near to is not usually used before the name of a place, person, festival, etc.

Not only is near me considerably more popular than near to me in both British and American books, but a look through instances of the latter shows many Biblical quotes and other archaic language. In the NOW Corpus, near me is 31 times more common.

This is a different matter with some other position-related words; something can be close to me but not close me, and the same for next to, proximate to, and so forth.


For distance of place:
near (to) me

For distance of relationship
near to me

He is very dear/near to me.

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