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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 11:58:11 PM
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Does "just now" mean "a short time ago" or "now"?

Thanks.
thar
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 2:06:04 AM

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It depends on the tense of the verb.

He is just now realising how hard this is.
- now, ongoing

He has just now realised how hard it is.
Now, recent past


He left just now.
Past, very recent past.
sureshot
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018 4:15:42 AM
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Adding to what thar has said:

LONGMAN DICTIONARY Reference: https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/just-now

just now

a) a very short time ago
- Where have my glasses gone? I had them just now.

b) especially British English at this moment
- We’re busy just now – can you come back later?

MACMILLAN DICTIONARY Reference: https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/just-now_3

Just now

1 British at the present time
- Mrs Collins is busy just now, so you’ll have to wait.
Synonyms and related words
At the present time:now, today, currently...

2 a very short time ago
- Who spoke just now?
- ‘When did you see him?’ ‘Just now, up at the house.’
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:19:54 AM
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Thanks, thar and sureshot.
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