Why is "nearby" wrong?
I don't think nearby is wrong, it just isn't an option in the Duo Bots programme
Isn't "close by" an equivalent for "close to here"?
Yes it is.
I'd say so.
Yeah, exactly what I thought. I entered it and lost a heart... >.<
Whew! I almost wrote that but then I changed my mind at the last moment since experience has taught me that Duolingo doesn't like us writing natural-sounding English. :-P
Ouch! That is so sad, but I'm afraid there is some truth in that.
Why is 'near to' wrong when 'near' and 'close to' are accepted? I also agree that 'nearby' and 'close by' should be acceptable. Is there a grammatical reason for this or is it just that the Duolingo programme needs to be taught by its users?
Can someone tell me the difference in meaning and usage between the words pres and proche?
Près is a adverbe and proche is an adjective. They mean the same thing.
Why is is "d'ici"? What's wrong with "La frontière est près ici"?
Because it's always "près de" if what it is near is specified. This is one of those cases where the answer is because that's how French works.