13.22 près de = near / proche = close (to)

When using the preposition near in spatial meaning, then both près and proche is possible, however près is more usual. In figurative meaning only proche is possible (English: close).

  près de = near / proche = close (to)
Près de chez moi, il y a une piscine.
  Proche de chez moi, il y a une piscine.
    Near my house there is a swimming pool.
  Il habite près de l' école.
  Il habite proche de l' école. More usual: tout proche de l'école.
    He lives near the school. / close to the school
  Figurative meaning
  Ses idées sont proches de celles du gouvernement.
    His ideas are close to the ones of the government.






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