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I get confused when I read 'near' and 'near to' something. I often hear people saying 'near' without 'to', but then 'near to' is also correct. For example read the following sentences:

  • Where is your book?-Near my bed.
  • Where is Wall Mart?-Near to my house.

Now, can I write them like this:

  • Where is your book? -Near to my bed.
  • Where is Wall Mart?-Near my house.

Help me in solving this. Thank You.

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    This post from EL&U might help. It also talks about nearby. Also, some native speakers greatly prefer to use 'close to' instead of 'near to'.
    – user6951
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 7:37
  • Please also see The Oxford Learners dictionary.
    – user6951
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 8:30

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I believe both are grammatical, but as a native American English speaker, near is much more common than near to. This Oxford dictionary article agrees. I would say that usage of to is more likely in cases like this example from the OED article:

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

where the two people/things became closer, rather than were already close together, like in the following:

He was sitting near her.

As CarSmack mentioned, close to sounds more natural than near to. Looking at a Google nGram of usage, we see that near and close are used at similar rates, with close to at less than half of both, and near to used a very small fraction of the time.

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Actually, near something would work and I would use it over near to something.

Where is your book? -Near my bed. Where is Wall Mart?-Near my house.

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