next and nearest

  • Nearest is used for place — it means ‘most near in space’.
      Excuse me. Where’s the nearest tube station?
      (NOT … the next tube station?)
      If you want to find Alan, just look in the nearest pub.

    Next is usually used for time — it means ‘nearest in the future’.

      We get off at the next station ( = the station that we will reach first)
      I’m looking forward to her next visit.

  • We use next in a few expressions to mean ‘nearest in space’. The most common are next door and next to.
      My girl-friend lives next door.
      Come and sit next to me.