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    Default About "Had now "

    I am confused with this sentence,

    "This state of things had now lasted for three days,..."

    Why they are using "had now" ?

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    Default Re: About "Had now "

    Hello Sabriguven, welcome to UsingEnglish!

    Is it the use of "had lasted" or the use of "now" that puzzles you?

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    Default Re: About "Had now "

    I am puzlled with "had now" .Why are they using "had now" ,had is past perfect and now is following it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabriguven
    I am puzlled with "had now" .Why are they using "had now" ,had is past perfect and now is following it .
    now (adverb) is used in statements which specify the length of time up to the present or past situation that something has/had lasted; I would say that the word now has something to do with emphasis.

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    Default Re: About "Had now "

    We use 'now' in past narratives to mean 'at that moment'.

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