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    Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    Hello all.


    Is it possible (and correct) to use present simple tense with the word NOW? I would expect seeing present continuous with the word now rather than present simple.Iīve found two sentences and I would like to ask you what would be the difference if they were written in the pressent continuous form.

    1) The images still haunt me now as they will be for a long time, I am sure. (This is from my textbook - woman is complaining about TV news as last report was to cruel for her and her son to watch.)

    2) Now I choose. ( This comes from the song you can see below)


    Here is the part of the song:

    Close the door
    Let it all go
    No regrets
    Cause now I choose
    This time I fly away with you
    Now I choose
    This time I’m gonna stay with you


    Thank you!

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    "The images still haunt me now" and "Now I choose" are perfectly OK in the proper context. Your sentence 1) would be fine without "be" after "will".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    I can use present simple + NOW as now doesn't have to refer to a short period of time only? I mean that now can be one or two years long period of time and therefore there is no need to use present continuous?

    P.S. The present simple in the song I quoted - is it a normal usage of present simple or is it more likely to be an imperativ?

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    Close the door - imperative (possibly to yourself); or possibly indicative meaning "I close the door".
    Let it all go - imperative (as above)
    No regrets - nothing (possibly means "I have no regrets")
    Cause now I choose - present
    This time I fly away with you - present
    Now I choose - present
    This time I’m gonna stay with you - future.


    None of this is normal grammar. It's acceptable only because it's a song.
    No, "now" with the simple present has nothing to do with the length of time, only with the song format. "Now I can choose" could be used to mean that finally you can choose over a long period of time.

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    The sentence: The images still haunt me now is correct even though there is that NOW. I assume it is just up to me whether I want to emphasise temporary status of the situation or not. But not necessarily. Now doesn't play any role from the point of temporality of the situation. Do I get it right?

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    In this case, "The images still haunt me" would be enough. It's understood that you're talking about now. You can add now if you want to. The temporality word is "still", which implies now in this case. In fact, the images may not be haunting you now (at this exact moment). If you say "The images are haunting me now", you are talking about this moment.
    "The images still haunt me now" means that you still have times when the images haunt you, but you are not necessarily being haunted at the time of speaking.

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Close the door - imperative (possibly to yourself); or possibly indicative meaning "I close the door".
    Let it all go - imperative (as above)
    No regrets - nothing (possibly means "I have no regrets")
    Cause now I choose - present
    This time I fly away with you - present
    Now I choose - present
    This time I’m gonna stay with you - future.


    None of this is normal grammar. It's acceptable only because it's a song.
    No, "now" with the simple present has nothing to do with the length of time, only with the song format. "Now I can choose" could be used to mean that finally you can choose over a long period of time.
    Only "Now I CAN choose " means that I can choose over a long period of time? I have seen many sentences constructed as : I choose people who are fully responsible for the actions of my team. OR: I choose people I want to work with. In my sentences there doesn't have to be CAN I would say! I may didn't get it , though.

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    You don't have to use "can", if you mean now.

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You don't have to use "can", if you mean now.

    I am getting lost in it here a bit.

    I donīt want to seem as somebody who pounce on everything you say but as far as I know I could perfectly say:


    I choose people I want to work with. and I can choose people I want to work with. Both sentences could mean that I (can) choose now, couldnīt they?



    If I may ask you about the song once again : Do I get it right that there is just one really unordinary structure which can hardly be heard from a native speaker? In my opinion the structure which falls into this category is " This time I fly with you" ? This one seems to be really unusual to me.



    Thank you and I am sorry if there is something I am overlooking.

    Dominik

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    Re: Now NOW with present simple? Is it possible/natural?

    "I choose [the] people I want to work with" refers to the present.

    "I can choose the people I want to work with" could refer to the present or the future.
    "I work at a great company and I can choose the people I want to work with."
    "I am going to start work at a great company next week and they've told me I can choose the people I want to work with."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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