why is it near her but far FROM him?

The stack of books are near her.


The laboratory equipment are far from her.

Why does "near" does not need a preposition while "far" needs preposition FROM?
Can't it be The stack of books are Near to her?
  • dadane

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    Hi jacqztabz,

    Both these sentences are incorrect anyway, where did they come from? Did they come from a book or a tutorial?

    'near to her' is fine. :)
    dadane, it's from an activity book for children.

    Please point out the errors, I would love to know better about grammar.

    Add to that:

    Use "this is" to refer to an object or person near to the speaker.

    Use "these is" to refer to more than one object or person near to the speaker.
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    Then the book has got it wrong!

    To explain: 'books' is plural, 'stack of books' refers to the books collectively and is singular, it should be 'the stack of books is near to her'. The same applies to the second sentence.
    I did not realize that, as I was really more curious about the use of NEAR TO and FAR FROM. Thanks for pointing that out. "Equipment" is a plural word, though, is it not (I was taught that "equipments" is an acceptable term nowadays)?
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    @heypresto: actually, it was also from the book. I typed it the way it is so as to show you how it actually appears as a text. (This one is different from what I posted weeks ago about Which/Who usage, but seems like the same text.).

    I am sorry for that. Does that violate a forum rule?

    Anyway, thanks for your help.


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    It does NOT breach any forum rules, the fact that you typed it as written helps us to help you. :)

    Anyway, back to the original question ...

    'Far' and 'near' are, supposedly, direct opposites; as are 'far from' and 'near to'. I can think of no logical reason why you can drop the preposition in one case but not the other, but that is the way it is.