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    #1

    had vs have

    Now she had a tank top on, blue jeans and sunglasses.

    This sentence has been recited from Oxford Dictionary. Since, "now" indicates to the present time, why has "had" instead of "have" been used in the above sentence?

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    #2

    Re: had vs have

    We have to assume that the context shows that the entire (longer) piece is set in the past. The "now" being referred to was the present time at the time even though it's now in the past.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: had vs have

    Please post a link to the entry.
    “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.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #4

    Re: had vs have

    The sentence would be better if "on" came after "had".

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