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Good morning,

In today's lesson, we will learn the differences between the 3 following expressions:

  1. près de (near)
  2. très près de (very close to)
  3. trop près de (too close to)

Nb : instead of "près de", we can also use "proche de".

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près de (Near)[edit | edit source]

It involves a proximity in space and in time

Example :

  • Cet objet est près de la voiture.

This object is near the car.

très près (very close)[edit | edit source]

It involves an acceptable intensity.

Example :

  • L'armoire est très près du mur - Mon appartement est très proche du centre-ville.

The wardrobe is very close to the wall - My apartment is very close to downtown.

trop près (too close)[edit | edit source]

It involves an excess.

Example :

  • L'armoire est trop près du mur - la route est trop près du champ.

The wardrobe is too close to the wall - the road is too close to the field

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