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    Is "now" necessarily the present?

    "Now I understood." is wrong. Generally speaking, we don't use 'Now' with a past tense verb. 'Now' is the present, so use the present tense, 'understand'.
    2006 said the above quote in a thread a few days back.

    I do remember that I've seen now used with past tense. It's a documentry about african animals as I remember it. Throughtout the programme, past tenses are used. When a young lion grows up, there's something like Now the lion didn't have to rely on its mother ...

    I am probably wrong. Please clarify this for me.



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    Re: Is "now" necessarily the present?

    Not a teacher.

    You can use "now" with past tenses (as "then/back then") in narration, to tell a story. You can see that in books quite often, e.g.:
    "So we went on our way down the alley, with the worldcast blueing on on either side. What we needed now was an auto [...]" (Anthony Burgess, "The Clockwork Orange")

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    Re: Is "now" necessarily the present?

    Chevalier is correct, that happens a lot: it might not be the best grammatical choice, but the intent of using that construction is generally to make things more "vivid"; it's akin to using the present tense to describe actions in the past, which we actually refer to as the "vivid present" quite often. The aim is to make the reader/listener move involved, and to make them feel more 'in the moment'.

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