Nearly = (1) (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; almost; all but: ‘We lived there for nearly two years.’ ‘I see her nearly every day.’ (2) in a close manner: ‘This matter is nearly related to the minority issue.’

Instead of saying nearly no/nobody/never etc., use hardly any/anybody/ever etc.: ‘Hardly any of my friends are married.’ ‘Hardly anybody objected to the idea.’

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