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Quick question. Is it necessary to include "go" or "come" here for this to work or is it natural without?

If you as much as (go/come) near the building we're going to kill the hostages.

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  • Okay. How about: "If you near the building we're going to..."? – user118784 Jul 24 '20 at 19:53
  • Unusual and unnatural. – Michael Harvey Jul 24 '20 at 20:09
  • The word near can be used as a verb (to near the end). So it's grammatically correct to talk about (to) near the building but it's most unlikely in context. If I came across it in a text, I would wonder what the author was try to tell me about the character. People don't say Don't near me. They say: Don't come near me. – Ronald Sole Jul 24 '20 at 22:02
  • to near something is not to come/go near something – Lambie Feb 10 at 19:23
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You must have one of “come” or “go near” to be correct.

It is an action that will cause the hostage to be killed. The coming or going.

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