Is "close to" a verb here? I don't see any verb here. And what does "close to" mean?
"Close to" is not a verb. It is a phrase of "close" which is an adjective. There is no direct verb in this sentence, although "being" in implied after "close to". "Close to" means almost or nearly. Ex: I spent close to three hours in traffic yesterday. Ex: He is close to graduating with his master's degree.
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