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Hi! Number 3 is incorrect isn't it? Thanks, Fulvio

1. The guest will eat the meal now.
2. The guest ate the meal.
3. The guest ate the meal now.
4. The guest has eaten the meal now.

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yellowstarstruckNumber 3 is incorrect isn't it?

Under normal and usual circumstances, it's incorrect, yes.

In stories, however, you can put 'now' at the beginning of a sentence to mean "and then" or "at this time in the story".

The guest waited for the host to begin eating. The host picked up a fork and began to eat. Now the guest ate the meal.

CJ

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yellowstarstruckThe guest will eat the meal now.

Doesn't the future disagree with present in that sentence?

In my opinion, it does, at least semantically, if not grammatically.

anonymous
yellowstarstruckThe guest will eat the meal now.

Doesn't the future disagree with present in that sentence?

In my opinion, it does, at least semantically, if not grammatically.

No, because 'will' with 'now' means 'is about to', 'will soon begin to', 'is going to'.

CJ