noun the momentary present
- Now is a good time to do it
- it worked up to right now
adverb in the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events
- President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard
- Washington now decides to cross the Delaware
- the ship is now listing to port
adverb in these times
- it is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished"- Nancy Mitford
- we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets
- today almost every home has television
adverb used to preface a command or reproof or request
- now hear this!
- now pay attention
adverb at the present moment
- goods now on sale
- the now-aging dictator
- they are now abroad
- he is busy at present writing a new novel
- it could happen any time now
adverb without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
straightaway; forthwith; like a shot; at once; straight off; directly; right away; immediately; instantly.
- he answered immediately
- found an answer straightaway
- an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith
- Come here now!
adverb (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity
- Now the next problem is...
adverb in the immediate past
, AS. nu
; akin to D., OS., & OHG. nu
, G. nu
, Icel., nu
, Dan., Sw., & Goth. nu
, L. nunc
, Gr. , , Skr. nu
. *193. Cf. New
- At the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, I will write now.
I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
- Very lately; not long ago.
They that but now, for honor and for plate,
Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.
- At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or contemplated; at a particular time referred to.
The ship was now in the midst of the sea.
Matt. xiv. 24.
- In present circumstances; things being as they are; -- hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an inference or an explanation.
How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite and a man of honor ?
Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is ?
Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now, Barabbas was a robber.
John xviii. 40.
The other great and undoing mischief which befalls men is, by their being misrepresented. Now, by calling evil good, a man is misrepresented to others in the way of slander.
- Existing at the present time; present. R. "Our now happiness."
- The present time or moment; the present.
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past;
But an eternal now does ever last.
Sharpen your Skills with the Masters
"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
Fear not the Adverb Hell!