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    She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    Is this sentence correct? I can't figure why the writer used "that" here.

    She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/mobile

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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    Yes, it's correct. Now that is an idiom.
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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    I wouldn't call now that an idiom.

    now that is used to mean something like in the current situation in which.

    The that part is not absolutely necessary. You can simply say now to get the same meaning.

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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The that part is not absolutely necessary. You can simply say now to get the same meaning.
    We nearly always include that in the expression in American English.
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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    If you leave out that, I would consider it 2 sentences with a period after now.

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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    Thanks, GoesStation.
    The link was so helpful and interesting.

    Thanks all for you explanations.
    Does this phrase equivalent to "because" ?
    Last edited by newkeenlearner; 21-Jun-2017 at 06:26.

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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post

    If you leave out that, I would consider it 2 sentences with a period after now.

    If you leave out that, I would consider it two sentences with a period after now.
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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    It works fine in BrE without "that".

    Now I've got a bike, I can cycle to work.
    I've got more chance of completing the marathon now I've started running every day.
    Now we know why he did it, we can start to deal with the issue.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    And it works fine in BrE with that.

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    Re: She’s more mobile now that she has her own car.

    Think of "now that ..." as "considering/given/if we consider that now ...".

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