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My question is about using adverbs after prepositions, where normally you'd expect to find a noun. For example, the words now and here in these examples:
He should have done it by now
Come over here
My Oxford dictionary gives now and here as adverbs (no mention of them being nouns), so what's happening here - can the object of a preposition be an adverb?
Curiously, when I looked at some on-line dictionaries, they gave both words as adverbs and nouns, although I couldn't detect any real difference in the meanings given. The only thing I can come up with is how the word is functioning in the sentence. For example if it's placed in the subject position, or the object of a prep. then it should be seen as a noun:
Now is a good time to go (subject)
Here are my thoughts "
It's nice in here (obj of prep)
That'll do for now "
I'd be interested to know what the experts think about all this.
There is a difference between Function & Type