#1 – Use almost + verb. Almost means “not quite” or “very close to the time” or “very near 100%” or “nearly”
- I was late this morning. My train departs at 8:00, and I arrived at the station at 7:58am. So, I almost missed my train. I caught the train, but I was very close to missing it.
- I went to the Apple store. I was trying out the new MacBook. It was so nice. I almost bought it, but I decided to save my money. I was very close to buying the MacBook, but I didn’t
- I had to work late last night. I almost missed Jack’s party, but luckily there were still people at his house when I arrived. I nearly missed Jack’s party, but I was able to go to the party.
#2 – Almost + always + verb. Always means 100%, so almost always means pretty close to 100%, maybe 90~99%
Compare these sentences:
- I always eat yogurt for breakfast (100% of the time)
- I almost always eat yogurt for breakfast. (Not 100% of the time, but pretty close to 100%)
Here is another example:
- The boss is angry because Jack is almost always late for work. (pretty close to 100% of the time, Jack is late for work)
#3 – Almost all + plural noun. All means 100%, almost all means nearly all, or maybe 90~99%
- Almost all of my friends like to eat pizza. (Not, almost my friends~)
- Almost all Americans enjoy driving (Not, almost Americans~)
- Almost all people are excited about the Olympics. (Not almost people~)
Did you almost miss a train recently? Were you almost late for school or work? Do almost all of your friends study English?