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    now that

    Dear teachers,

    I think as a rule "now that " should be used the following way:

    a. Now that you are back....
    b. Now that you have returned

    However, I came across a sentence:

    Now that he thought of it....
    Shouldn't it be "Now that he had thought of it...."?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: now that

    Probably.

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    Re: now that

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I think as a rule "now that " should be used the following way:

    a. Now that you are back....
    b. Now that you have returned

    However, I came across a sentence:

    Now that he thought of it....
    Shouldn't it be "Now that he had thought of it...."?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Actually, I believe it should be just as was originally written. We often say "Now that I think of it," meaning, "It now occurs to me." Normally we would never use this in the past tense, but if you are writing about someone else'e experience, you could. It sounds a little strange, but it is probably what she/he meant to say.

    "Now that he had thought of it...."? would mean something slightly different.

    Karl

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