- 1 1.1(at this time)I feel better nowthe suspect is now leaving the buildingahora me siento mejorthey've all gone home nowahora or en este momento el sospechoso sale del edificioyou can come in nowya se han ido todos a casait won't be long now before we're there they'll be here any minute nowya puedes entrarnow is the time to decideen cualquier momento lleganestán al caer [colloquial]now's your chanceeste es el momento de decidiresta es tu oportunidadExample sentences1.2 (at that time) See examples: now was the moment they'd been waiting for
it was now too late to changeese era el momento que habían estado esperando1.3 (nowadays, in those days) See examples: divorce is a lot easier nowya era demasiado tarde para cambiarfood is/was now scarcehoy en día or ahora es mucho más fácil divorciarse1.4 (in phrases) (every) now and then o again for nowahora escasea/para entonces ya escaseaba la comidanow … , now …por ahora(showing alternation)de repente … , de repente …ora … , ora … [literary]
- In my world view, this life we are living right now is all we have, and thus every moment of it should be enjoyed.
- So it seems right now that we are in a moment when the future is still unborn and the past is not quite dead.
- I am not interested in coaching at the moment, and can't say right now if I ever will be.
- 2 2.1(at once, immediately)ready? now!it's now or never!¿listos? ¡ya!2.2 (in phrases) just nowhe left just now¡ahora o nunca!he's talking to a client just nowacaba de irseright nowen este momento está hablando con un cliente(immediately)ahora mismo(at present)ahora mismoen este momentoExample sentences
- Go through this and a wide tarmac lane is now followed straight ahead for the next half a mile or so all the way back to Disley.
- City of York Council must now go directly to the people of York, and ask them which system they want to see.
- Much of the company's effort will now be directed towards trying to retain the franchise.
- 3(to follow that)what shall I do now?and now for a well-earned rest¿ahora qué hago?y ahora un merecido descanso
- 4(in the circumstances)I could never trust her nowahora ya no podría tenerle confianzaExample sentences
- Her condition has deteriorated recently, and she now struggles to walk up stairs.
- How long that majority will remain in current circumstances must now be open to doubt.
- I can see their expression and hear their tone of voice now, clear as anything.
- 5 5.1(showing length of time)we've been living here for 40 years now5.2 (after prep) he'd have called before nowya hace 40 años que vivimos aquíllevamos 40 años viviendo aquíI'd always thought it impossible before nowya habría llamadothe work should have been completed long before nowhasta ahora había pensado que era imposiblebetween now and Fridayya hace tiempo que debería haberse terminado el trabajoshe should be here by nowde aquí al viernesthe by now furious customer said that …ya debería estar aquístarting from now 100 years from nowel cliente, que a estas alturas ya estaba furioso, dijo que …from now on(ward) (up) until o till now, up to nowdentro de 100 añosExample sentences
- It's down for an unprecedented length of time now and it's keeping people away from our centre.
- You've been awake for four seconds now and already your frame of reference has vanished.
- It's been a disgrace for three or four years now and the residents and people who have to use it deserve better.
- 6 6.1 (indicating pause, transition) See examples: now, who's next?now, the reason we've done this is …bueno ¿ahora a quién le toca?6.2 (introducing statement or question) See examples: now that's what I call real food!ahora or bueno, la razón por la cual hemos hecho esto es …now where did I put my book?¡eso sí que es comida como Dios manda!6.3 (emphasizing command, request, warning, advice) See examples: now look here!¿dónde habré puesto el libro?now are you coming or not?¡espera un momento!don't get me wrong, now!bueno ¿vienes o no?now, you mustn't get upset 6.4 (in phrases) now, nowno me vayas a malinterpretarnow thennow then, what's going on here?¡vamos, vamos!now then! be careful how you talk to mevamos a ver ¿qué es lo que pasa aquí?now then, if we're all here, let's start¡cuidadito or [colloquial] ojo cómo me hablas!
- now (that)now (that) it's stopped raining, we can go outahora queahora que ha parado de llover, podemos salirExample sentences
- Presumably now the formaldehyde has cleared from his brain, he has woken up to the meaning of what he said.
- Lee Ryan is happy that he is free to speak his mind now that he is embarking on a solo career apart from Blue.
- Will he be prompted to give up his criminal activities now that he can afford to live in luxury?
Cultural Note: National Organization for Women - NOW
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