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    #1

    The case was now ready for the jury.

    1. The case was now ready for the jury.
    2. The case was then ready for the jury.
    Is sentence #2 acceptable? If it is acceptable, what's the difference in meaning between sentences #1 and #2?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: The case was now ready for the jury.

    Both are correct. No real difference.

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    #3

    Re: The case was now ready for the jury.

    The case was now ready...

    Can "now" be used in the past tense?

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    #4

    Re: The case was now ready for the jury.

    Yes — as part of a narrative.

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