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    Unhappy for now; by now

    I admit that Internet shopping has its drawbacks. For now, many companies only ship to U.S. addresses.

    Could we use “by now” instead of “for now”? If not, why?
    Is the phrase “for now” spoken English? Cause I can’t find it in the dictionaries.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: for now; by now

    "By now," means, "Before the present time."
    "For now," means, "At the present time and in the near future but not permanently"

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    Default Re: for now; by now

    Quote Originally Posted by Aieda_Chiang View Post
    I admit that Internet shopping has its drawbacks. For now, many companies only ship to U.S. addresses.

    Could we use “by now” instead of “for now”? If not, why?
    Is the phrase “for now” spoken English? Cause I can’t find it in the dictionaries.

    Thanks a lot.
    I would not use "by now" in your sentence. Your sentence is describing a current state.

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