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‘Now’ as an adverb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Now’ as an adverb.


Now I’m going out to shop for mother.”

From ‘The Cat and Fiddle Book’, by Lady Florence Bell.


Turning towards the door, he now caught sight of us.

From ‘Bleak House’, by Charles Dickens.


Now, then, draw nearer to the fire,” she continued.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


But now all trust in human faith must forever be at an end.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.


It was high time, for I now began to be tortured with thirst.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Now he scarcely ever noticed her, but to make her the object of a coarse joke.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


“I dare say now if I were to ask you for a kiss you wouldn’t give it me.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


“She now sat ensconced between them, chattering alternately in French and broken English.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


Now, jump in, and let us see if I can repair the consequences of my own blunder.”

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


She must do her duty, and trust that time might make her duty easier than it now was.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


“Trust in me now, if you please, miss,” said Charley quietly. “I am listening to everything you say.”

From ‘Bleak House’, by Charles Dickens.


“he has often been drunk, abused and threatened her; and now he is gone to Buenos Aires with a dancer.”

From ‘The Forsyte Saga’, by John Galsworthy.


She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


Equally important has been the influence of the Railway—now the principal means of communication in all civilised countries.

From ‘Men of Invention and Industry’, by Samuel Smiles.

Picture: These six steam locomotives were special guests of the Threkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, near Keswick in Cumbria, for its steam gala in 2015. © Chris Allen, Geograph. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0. By Peter Trimming, Geograph. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0.
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