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    Smile Now that our exams are over

    Now that our exams are over, we can finally relax.



    Could I replace Now that with Because and Seeing that in the above without making a change in meaning? Thanks.

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    Re: Now that our exams are over

    Now that (= Because; Since; Inasmuch as; In view of the fact that; As a result of the fact that) our exams are over, we can finally relax.

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    Re: Now that our exams are over

    Thanks, Buddhaheart, for your kind heart again.
    But I'm a bit confused because some native speakers say they are different, so I dare not go by my dictionary.


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    Re: Now that our exams are over

    I don't feel that "Now that" is the same as "Because" or "Seeing that".

    Now that the day is over = At this moment when the day is over

    Because the day is over = Since/For the reason that the day is over

    Seeing that the day is over = Considering that the day is over

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    Re: Now that our exams are over

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Buddhaheart, for your kind heart again.
    But I'm a bit confused because some native speakers say they are different, so I dare not go by my dictionary.
    I agree with Anglika that they are a bit different, but they would all fit into the sentence.

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    Re: Now that our exams are over

    Thanks, Anglika and Tdol.
    Got it now.

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    Re: Now that our exams are over

    Yes, as has been pointed out, you could of course say 'Because our exams are over Seing that our exams are over), we can finally relax, and they would convey a similar message, but they are different. To understand this, think about the circumstances in which you might make this uttereance. Imagine coming home on a Friday night at the end of a long term and a long final week of examinations. You flop into a chair and think, Now (that our exams are over) I can finally relax'. What is the most important thing in your mind. The fact that you can relax NOW!.

    Fred O'Hanlon

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