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    But never mind that now

    "That's probably a good place to begin. I say "probably" because I'm not sure exactly when this story did begin. Maybe it was ten years ago. Maybe it was ten thousand years ago. But never mind that now.

    I would like to ask what "but never mind that now" mean above?

    Source:https://books.google.com.tr/books?id...abbott&f=false

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    #2

    Re: But never mind that now

    It means it is not important when the story began.

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    Re: But never mind that now

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It means it is not important when the story began.
    But it is not important now. Is that refer to the beginning time of the story.

    Can we also say it: Do not mind it now?

    Is mind the verb here?

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    Re: But never mind that now

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But it is not important now. Is that refer to the beginning time of the story.

    Can we also say it: "Do not mind it now?"
    No. Never mind is a fixed expression. I suppose Never mind that now is also sort of a fixed expression which is always used as is.

    Is "mind" the verb here?
    Yes. Note my corrections above. Always mark text you're asking about by enclosing it in quotation marks or setting it in italics.
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    Re: But never mind that now

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. Never mind is a fixed expression. I suppose Never mind that now is also sort of a fixed expression which is always used as is.



    Yes. Note my corrections above. Always mark text you're asking about by enclosing it in quotation marks or setting it in italics.
    But if "mind" verb here then "never mind" can be something like "never go there." so which cannot be a fixed expression.

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    Re: But never mind that now

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But if "mind" verb here then "never mind" can be something like "never go there." so which cannot be a fixed expression.
    I'm not sure what you're trying to say, but whatever it is, I assure you that never mind is a fixed expression.
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    Re: But never mind that now

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I'm not sure what you're trying to say, but whatever it is, I assure you that never mind is a fixed expression.
    I try to say that if "mind" is the verb as "go" or "say" and if "never" is the adverb then "mind" and "never" might be combined into "never mind" which is possible for "go" and "say" as "never go" and "never say" if this is correct then can "never mind" be still a "fixed phrase" ?

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    Re: But never mind that now

    Fixed expressions become established over many years by generations of native speakers.

    ESL students can't start inventing their own.

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    Re: But never mind that now

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    I try to say that if "mind" is the verb as "go" or "say" and if "never" is the adverb then "mind" and "never" might be combined into "never mind" which is possible for "go" and "say" as "never go" and "never say" if this is correct then can "never mind" be still a "fixed phrase" ?
    Yes, it can be and is. Fixed phrases can follow current grammatical practice. Their meaning is not necessarily clear from the words they comprise. Never mind means "I don't care about this anymore; please forget I said it." It doesn't mean "do not mind this now or at any time in the future."
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