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Hi all,

Can someone please help me to figure out the difference between "Now that" and "Now" in the following sentences?

  1. Now that I think of it as the most important thing to me.
  2. Now I think of it as the most important thing to me.

The first sentence could be incorrect, if so, can you just tell me when and how to use "now that".

If I use "Now that" instead of "now", will it change the meaning of the sentence?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Now that I think of it as the most important thing to me. Not correct.
2. Now I think of it as the most important thing to me. Correct.

'Now' is simply an adverb of time eg

Now I will see you .
Now I think of it as the most important thing to me.

'Now that' is used to introduce a subordinate noun clause. eg

Now that it is raining, I am getting wet.
Now that I think of it as the most important thing to me, I regret losing it..
What may be confusing you is this. In the 'now that' sentences, the 'that' can commonly be omitted. eg
Now (that) it is raining, I am getting wet.
Now (that) I think of it as the most important thing to me, I regret losing it..

Best wishes, Clive

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Thanks Clive for your nice and clear explanations