It appears that the score for the second document (“UK_Wedderburn…” – the one with the “false” result") is higher than the score for the first (“US_Gould…”). Those scores would be an additional error, it seems.
I located a copy of the “UK_Wedderburn…” document here. With these settings, I am unable to reproduce the false result reported in the OP:
My copy had 14 instances of “far” and none of “evolving”. If you grab that other copy I mentioned, put it alongside the two you already have, and continue to get the false results, then perhaps sending both documents to Support would give staff an opportunity to test the situation.
Thanks for the help - played around with a few searches, and now it makes sense.
I consider myself as someone who knows their way around a computer - but goodness me, DTP as had me feeling idiotic on more than one occasion over the past few months!
I will need to tweak my searches to minimise the likelihood of needing to skip through dozens of individual search-hits in the identified documents, before getting to the Term1 NEAR Term2 jackpot. But that’s a small price to pay.
Whilst it would obviously be super useful if the Search function was able to exclude highlighting the individual terms, and thereby - only present the Term1 NEAR/20 Term2 hit - it is what it is. I cannot begin to fathom some of the answers by the likes of Bill, explaining why it does that - I’ll happily leave that to the people who actually know something about programming. I’m not one of those people!
Armed with the above, I will be able to narrow down future searches, to get to what I need.
I hope this might save someone else some time in the future, too!