This is the place to post questions and discussions on usage and style. The members of the Wordwizard Clubhouse will also often be able to help you to formulate that difficult letter.
A father: Why are you crying? Did your boyfriend hit you?
A daughter: No, but he was close to it, I think.
Hi you guys! I use "but he was close to it" here to mean that "but he almost did it". Is it correct?
Your answers will be highly appreciated.
You are correct. But for the sake of clarity: "he was close to making a punch but restrained himself" rather than "he was close to it and missed".
With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.
tony h : Thanks a lot for your clarification. The way you explain it is hilarious. I like it a lot.
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