Which word is correct?
Everyone in the room was humiliating him. He lost his temper and punched the (nearest / closest) man in the mouth.
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
Both are correct. It is simply a matter of choice. Nearest would be my preference.
It is obvious from the context here that you are talking about proximity. Closest can also mean the person you are most friendly with, a meaning that nearest does not have.
- SumDudeLv 71 month ago
I would say ... nearest
- ToddLv 71 month ago
You can use either but there is a slight confusion with closest as to what is meant. Here's a brain twister for you, "He lost his temper and glared strongly at the (furthest/farthest) man in the room, though he was the (closest/nearest) to him." There are two right answers that mean completely opposite things :)
- RPLv 71 month ago
Both are correct, but the choice is up to the speaker or writer based on her/his preference as well as what fits best in the overall context. Basically, outside of spelling, there is no meaningful difference between someone near and someone close.
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- Michal SychraLv 71 month ago
"Nearest" is correct because "closest" refers to emotions.
- DavidLv 71 month ago
The word 'nearest' would be more appropriate than 'closet'.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 71 month ago
I would say 'nearest'. But that's just me. The two words mean almost exactly the same thing.