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Anyway, the more I practice the play, the more closely I seem to follow her path in Venice.

In this sentence, can I use the closer instead of the more closely?

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Here's a relevant usage chart...

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As you can see, we much prefer more closely for such relatively metaphoric contexts. Note that close literally means physically near, but it's often used figuratively to mean similar. When we derive adjectives / adverbs from that root, it's usually...

1: ADJ - closer = nearer, not so far away
2: ADV - more closely = more like, in a more similar way

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A strict grammarian might insist on using "more closely", but many people would use "closer" instead.

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