Or a "profiles near me" option or something? A frosty cold mug of world-renowned a & w root beer topped with our signature creamy vanilla soft serve. I, too, would almost always use near without to (while close, when followed by a noun or noun phrase requires to). The misconception comes from the use of W and Y as vowels: the Y is pronounced as in about, while W is. near meaning, definition, what is near: only a short distance from a person or t.: Learn more. Unlike local area networks (LANs), where the devices are in the same network segment and share the same broadcast domain. I live near Madrid = I live near to Madrid. My mother loves to sit near the fire at night. Near and near to mean the same, but near is more common: She comes from a small place on the coast near Barcelona. Anyway, folks, thats how they taught me ! Whether you are you new to the area or are just looking for the A And W Close By you have come to the right place.