Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

In today’s video, you’ll learn parallels and idioms for the word “almost.”

This word is extremely useful for both Speaking and Writing.

You’ll also receive example sentences that would work for Part 1 answers.

In part 2 of this series, you get sample Part 3 answers using this high level vocabulary.

Practice using these high level words and phrases to boost your Vocabulary score!

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#1: Parallels

First, there are 2 parallels for “almost” that can be used interchangeably:

  • virtually
  • practically

virtually: almost; basically

There are virtually no good restaurants in this town!

practically: almost; virtually

We practically had to beg her to come out with us Saturday night.

#2: Phrasal verbs

Borders on: to be almost at

My daughter borders on obsessed when it comes to dogs.

This dessert borders on perfection.

Verges on: to be almost at

Your actions verge on disrespect.

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#3: Idioms

Come within an inch of: To come very close to

This dessert comes within an inch of perfection!

I came within an inch of hitting that car!

Our team came within an inch of winning the championship!

Within striking distance: To be very near; to come very close to

This idiom is used more for physical distance.

The hurricane was within striking distance of New York City.

My dog is on a long chain, so everyone has to be careful to not get within striking distance!


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Replace it with one of today’s words and phrases!

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