This question is specifically for I work to nearly get success, but the question is also asking in general.

I shouldn't use nearly to get because that would detract from from my purpose of working.

  • @rjpond Does that mean that I should delete this post? – user257700 Sep 22 '17 at 21:40
  • Not sure. Do the answers on the page I linked to (and the one that's been added below) answer your question to your satisfaction? If not, edit your question and give as much detail as possible about which point you're unclear about. – rjpond Sep 22 '17 at 21:47
  • @rjpond Yes, that answers it. – user257700 Sep 22 '17 at 21:49

This is called a 'split infinitive', and it is a useful way to associate the adverb with the infinite verb 'get' (rather than the habitual finite verb 'work'). The un-split "to get nearly" sounds bad, and it tempts the listener to associate the adverb with 'success'.