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Dear Ted:

Are the following sentences correct and natural?

1) Is there a gym NEARBY?

2) Is there a gym CLOSE BY?

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use "nearby" and when "close by"?

Would you please give me some examples?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Are the following sentences correct and natural?

1) Is there a gym NEARBY?

2) Is there a gym CLOSE BY?

If both are possible, do they have the same meaning?

If not, when should I use "nearby" and when "close by"?

**** Both are correct, and they mean the same thing.  You can use them interchangeably.

The fire was in a building nearby/close by my apartment.

The police asked the witnesses of the crime to remain nearby/close by the scene, so that they could be questioned.

My girl friend, June, and I meet in the park, because it is nearby/close by where we live.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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