─ given the present circumstances.
─ used when you know or understand something because of something you have just seen, just been told etc.
─ You use now to indicate that a particular situation is the result of something that has recently happened.
- now we'll have to stay to the end.
- Having met the rest of the family, she now saw where he got his temper from.
- She told me not to repeat it, but now I don't suppose it matters.
- Diplomats now expect this mission to be much less ambitious.
─ You can say 'Now' to introduce information which is relevant to the part of a story or account that you have reached, and which needs to be known before you can continue. (SPOKEN)
- My son went to Almeria in Southern Spain. Now he and his wife are people who love a quiet holiday.
- Now, I hadn't told him these details, so he must have done some research on his own.
- Now, if it was me, I'd want to do more than just change the locks.
─ (sub.; often followed by that) seeing that; since it has become the case that.
─ You use now or now that to indicate that an event has occurred and as a result something else may or will happen.
- now you're in charge, things will better.
- Now you're settled, why don't you take up some serious study?
- Now that she was retired she lived with her sister.
As sentence connector:
─ a) used as a transitional particle or hesitation word.
- now, I can't really say.