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    meaning

    A: How are things with you?
    B: Not bad. I am a reporter now, you know.
    A: Now, that is exciting.
    What is the meaning of "now" here?

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    Re: meaning

    It is just an attention-getter like: I see, Well, Oh, or My goodness. Some people call these interjections or explicatives.

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    Re: meaning

    These attention-getters are often used in story-telling: 'Now this man lived alone, so ...'

    And this apparently temporal word gets even more confusing when it's combined with another time-word with no sense of time at all: 'Now then, let me see...'

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    Last edited by BobK; 30-Oct-2006 at 15:19. Reason: Fix typo

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