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    "now" in the past

    Dear all,

    Sometimes the word "now" can be used in the past tense.

    e.g. Robinson was now alone on the deserted island.

    In this case, is this because the writer wants to make the readers feel like it's happning right in front of them, rather than elsewhere in the past? As if it's happening now?

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    Re: "now" in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    Sometimes the word "now" can be is used in with the past tense.

    e.g. Robinson was now alone on the deserted island.

    In this case, Is this because the writer wants to make the readers feel (like) it's happening (right) there and then, in front of them, rather than elsewhere (sometime) in the past; as if it's happening now?

    Thank you!

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    I think so.

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    Re: "now" in the past

    It's one of the standard definitions of 'now':

    at the time being referred to:
    The case was now ready for the jury

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    Re: "now" in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    Sometimes the word "now" can be used in the past tense.

    e.g. Robinson was now alone on the deserted island.

    In this case, is this because the writer wants to make the readers feel like it's happning right in front of them, rather than elsewhere in the past? As if it's happening now?

    Thank you!

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    No. It's marking the point in time in the past.

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