Is there any difference between "by", "close" and "near" when they refer to spatial distance? Example:

  • He is by the door.
  • He is near (to) the door.
  • He is close to the door.

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He's by the door.

This means he is right next to the door. He can just touch the door.

He's near the door.
He's close to the door.

These 2 mean the distance between him and the door is small but probably not enough for him to touch the door. These 2 mean the same thing.

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