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Choose the option that fills the blank with the most suitable word:

They were _____ to the sea than they had been before. [Intermediate]


A
next to
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B
nearer
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C
nearest
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D
as near as
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Solution

The correct option is B nearer
The correct answer is Option B.
The use of the word 'than' in the sentence implies that the comparative degree of the adverb is used.
Hence, option B - 'nearer' being the comparative degree of the adverb of place 'near' is the correct answer.
Use of comparative degree implies that there is comparison being made.
Option A - 'Next to' is used when someone or something is exactly beside someone/something. Here in the given sentence there is comparison being made. 'They' are not exactly beside the sea. Thus this is the incorrect option.
Option C -'Nearest' is the superlative degree and does not imply comparison.
Option D- 'As near as' means they were near to the sea as they have/had been near to another place in the past. There is no comparison here and hence this is not the suitable answer.
Therefore, Option B is the correct option.

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