next and nearest

1. Nearest is used for place – it means ‘most near in space’

  • Excuse me. Where’s the nearest tube station?
    (not… the next tube station?)
  • If you want to find Alan, just look in the nearest in the pub.

Next is usually used for time – it means ‘nearest in the future’

  • We get off at the next station (=the station that we will reach first)
  • I’m looking forward to her next visit.

2. We use next in a few expressions to mean ‘nearest in space’.
The most common are next door and next to.

  • My girl-friend lives next door.
  • Come and sit next to me.