It's dark/has got dark outside

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Which of these sentences sounds more natural?

He turns his eyes to the window. It's dark outside by now.

He turns his eyes to the window. It has got dark outside by now.
 

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Which of these sentences sounds more natural?

1. He turns his eyes to the window. It's dark outside [STRIKE]by[/STRIKE] [now].

2. He turns his eyes to the window. It has got dark outside by now. :cross:

See above. "By now" doesn't work. You started in the present tense with "He turns" so you just need "now" or nothing at all. Sentence 2 doesn't work at all.
 

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He turns his eyes to the window doesn't sound at all natural.
 

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Ok, how about this (also, I decided to add almost)...

He turns to the window. It's almost dark/it has almost got dark outside.
 

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I don't know what almost dark means. Perhaps:

He looked out the window. It was dark out.
 

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In BrE, I'd say:

He looked out of the window. It was dark outside.
 

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In BrE, I'd say:

He looked out of the window. It was dark outside.


What if he's far from the window and just turns to it? Should I still say He looked out of the window?
 

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That's pretty dark. :)

I would call that dusk. Or twilight.


Ok, how about this?

He turns to the window. The dusk has fallen.
 

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That might work.

If you are going to use dusk there you don't need the.

Something that's not very appealing by itself might be fine in context. (But you already know that.)

:)
 

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How about:

It's dusk.
 
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