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Well sometimes it does; sometimes temporal-now needs one too. The ... to be ever more arbitrary the harder we exercise it.

True. Context is king. I've been muttering "Now ~~" and "Now, ~~" much of the day, luckily only when alone, and without reaching any publishable conclusions. Now, I'm gonna let it rest.

Now I'll do the same. I wasn't ready to do it earlier, but now I am.
Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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True. Context is king. I've been muttering "Now ~~" and ... reaching any publishable conclusions. Now, I'm gonna let it rest.

Now I'll do the same. I wasn't ready to do it earlier, but now I am.

I'll drink to that. Not now, but when I go downstairs in a while.

wrmst rgrds
Robin Bignall
Quiet part of Hertfordshire
England
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"Hallowe'en Eve" flashed the huge strapline on a British television ... this particular construction before; no doubt others have. Philip Eden

October 30? We (Philadelphia, U.S.A.) call it "Mischief Night." It is observed by burning Camden, New Jersey to the ground.

Do Camden Town, in north London, next October 30th as well, please. I've taken an instant and totally irrational dislike to it.

wrmst rgrds
Robin Bignall
Quiet part of Hertfordshire
England
Catch 22 to that rule is that most people will ... b lft out of spelings if no ambiguties r created.

Is there a Society for the Prevention of the Attenuation of Catch-22? Twice this week I've seen it referenced, both incorrectly. First, it meant "vicious circle"; this time, it means "A disadvantage".

So I should have left out "to that rule"...BFD. You get my point whether you want to address it directly or not.
And I thought you were taking an opposite view to Skitt on this now-comma business?

If you reread the above, you'll see I wrote "most people". Like most AUEers, I am not in the "most people" category, not that I'm putting Alec there. The recent question on commas is not incontrovertibly answered one way or the other, you might agree. He's right, you're right, and I'm right.
How will I nicely point out to a friend in town that "between you and I" is not de rigueur? It is a common mistake, speaking of "most people", in Ireland it seems. (No comma required after "Ireland".)
Charles Riggs
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How will I nicely point out to a friend in town that "between you and I" is not de rigueur? It is a common mistake, speaking of "most people", in Ireland it seems. (No comma required after "Ireland".)

Hah I disagree with your parenthetical remark, but then, that's me. I would put a comma there. So sue me!

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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How will I nicely point out to a friend in ... people", in Ireland it seems. (No comma required after "Ireland".)

Hah I disagree with your parenthetical remark, but then, that's me. I would put a comma there. So sue me!

I'd rather sue you over that superfluous comma before "that's me", for then I'd be sure to collect some of your money unless the judge turns out to be a fuddy-duddy. How much have you got and, Bob, how busy are you these days?

Charles Riggs
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Hah I disagree with your parenthetical remark, but then, that's me. I would put a comma there. So sue me!

I'd rather sue you over that superfluous comma before "that's me", for then I'd be sure to collect some of your money unless the judge turns out to be a fuddy-duddy. How much have you got and, Bob, how busy are you these days?

Hmm, have you considered that the "but then" is a throwaway phrase, hence the commas around it?
I move for dismissal of your case.

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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