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Maggie Q
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The boy had waited for her in the rain for nearly half an hour before she appeared. = The boy had waited for her in the rain for ALMOST half an hour before she appeared.?
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Maggie Q wrote:
The boy had waited for her in the rain for nearly half an hour before she appeared. = The boy had waited for her in the rain for ALMOST half an hour before she appeared.?

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Almost and nearly have similar meanings especially if we are referring to duration. Both sentences convey the same meaning.
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 11:10:14 AM

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Maggie Q, she did not appear from nowhere..

ap·pear (ə-pîr′)
intr.v. ap·peared, ap·pear·ing, ap·pears
1.
a. To become visible: a plane appearing in the sky.TFD



Logically , you were expecting her-'to reach or arrive'.

It should be "...before she arrived."Think IMO

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
NKM
Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 12:04:39 PM

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More natural (and idiomatic) would be "… before she showed up".

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'Showed up' is same as 'arrived'.Boo hoo!

I am a layman.
NKM
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Yes, but people don't normally say "arrived" in everyday speech. "Showed up" (or "got there") is less formal and far more common.

"Arrived" would be more likely in formal speech or writing.

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And using the word 'appear' is perfectly valid. We use it often in many instances, but mostly relating to someone/something arriving completely unexpectedly.

"There'll be food on the stove for you, whenever you appear."
"Your Aunt Thalia suddenly appeared at the door this afternoon!"
"He'd better not appear on my doorstep in the near future."
"Someday my true love will appear".
"Figures appeared out of the mist."

Naturally it is understood metaphorically, not literally.
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