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    pinkie9 is offline Member
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    Really now?

    A native speaker of English asked me a question about Japanese grammar, and I explained it to him.
    Then he said "Really now? Whoa, that's really cool."

    What's this "now"?
    Was he just surprised? Or was he doubting (I don't think so because he said "that's really cool" though)?

    Thank you in advance.

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    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
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    Re: Really now?

    It's one of those words we throw in to various sentences and exclamations. I can't honestly think of a reason why.

    - I'm going to book a holiday to Ecuador.
    - Now I'm not sure that's a good idea. You only speak French, not Spanish.

    The "now" in that exchange doesn't mean "At this moment in time".



    - I'm in a really bad mood so I'm cancelling our trip to the cinema tonight.
    - Oh, come on now. It might really cheer you up.

    Again, I can't give a valid explanation for the use of "now" but there it is!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    SlickVic9000 is offline Senior Member
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    Re: Really now?

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    The "now" doesn't mean anything. It's just a "filler" word. I believe he was just expressing mild surprise. Depending on the context and intonation, "Really now?" could be sarcastic or doubtful.

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