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    #1

    by now meaning

    She must be home by now.

    Does it mean :
    1- She must be home before now.
    or
    2- She must be home now.

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    Re: by now meaning

    Context?

    If someone is conjecturing, it would mean that the person would surely have arrived home by the time the person spoke the sentence.

    "By" is a deadline. It means on or before. If I say "be home by midnight" I don't care if you come home at 10. As long as it is not after midnight.

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