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This English grammar point came from a real lesson I had with a private student here in Japan. The Japanese Emperor has just changed. The title of Emperor was passed from father to his eldest son. My student and I were talking about this and I helped my student make this sentence:
I take the changing of the emperor more seriously now that I’m older.
I was asked about the expression now that I’m older. As always I like to teach English grammar with lots of examples! I turned this English lesson into a blog post (podcast and video) to share with all of you. I hope it’s helpful!
Now that = As a result of the fact that; since.
Please look at the following examples:
I can get to work easily now that I’ve got a car.
As a result of getting a car, it is easy to travel to work.
(My student) I take the changing of the Emperor more seriously now that I’m older.
As a result of being older and more mature, I take the changing of the Emperor more seriously.
We save a lot of money on food now that our children have left home.
(Dave) I understand Japanese culture better now that I’ve lived here for more than a decade.
Starting your sentence with NOW THAT
We can start a sentence with NOW THAT as long as we change the order of the results so our grammar is correct.
Now that I’m older, I take the changing of the Emperor more seriously.
Now that I’ve got a car, I can get to work easily.
Now that our children have left home, we save a lot of money on food.
English expression – Now that you mention it
Now that you mention it is used when one remembers or realizes something because of what another person has just said.
Now that you mention it – examples
A: Karen just resigned! Did you have any idea she was planning to quit?
B: Now that you mention it, I remember hearing her talk about traveling around the world last week. I guess she is going to live her dream!
A: Is Nick feeling okay today?
B: He didn’t say anything, but now that you mention it he looked kind of pale this morning.
A: The weather has been strange this spring.
B: Now that you mention it, I heard there could be some light snow later this week. It’s very unusual to have snow in May!
A: “I hate filling out these tax forms.”
B: “Now that you mention it, I don’t think I ever filed my taxes last year!”
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