A couple of examples first:

  • I fixed the tap in the bathroom, from now on it won't be dripping.
  • I got a new job, from now on I'll have to wake up at 6 AM.
  • Our neighbors have left the house so from now on they won't bother you.

Can I simplify the highlighted part somehow? It sounds too formal now. Does that option work?

  • I got a new job, now I'll have to wake up at 6 AM.
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    Yes, you may. Meanwhile, I would use a semicolon for sentences 01 and 02. The two thoughts are independent clauses without conjunctions. Jan 19 '17 at 9:03
  • Thanks, good point about a semicolon. But as for "now", what option works best if I want to avoid it to sound too formal? How would a native speaker build such a sentence? Jan 19 '17 at 9:07
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    "I fixed the tap in the bathroom; it shouldn't drip anymore now." "I got a new job; now, I'll have to wake up at 6 AM." "Our neighbors have left the house, so, from now on, they shouldn't be bothering you anymore." Jan 19 '17 at 9:11
  • I would say that if you want to emphasize the action after the now, I would use, "from now on." And if you just want to emphasize the moment "now," I would just use "now." I would not say it's a matter of formality. Jan 19 '17 at 9:13

There is no difference between from now on and now with regards to formal or informal speech but there is a difference in connotation when using them.

When you say from now on you are giving a long indefinite period of time - maybe months or years to decades or even longer - and when you are saying now you don't indicate any particular time frame but you can only guarantee a very short time. It could be for a few minutes to maybe a few hours, or it could be a while longer.

With that in mind I would change your examples to

  • I fixed the tap in the bathroom; now it won't be dripping.
    (You cannot necessarily guarantee an indefinite period of time with mechanical fixes)

  • I got a new job; from now on I'll have to wake up at 6 AM.

  • Our neighbours have left the house so now they won't bother you.
    (The neigbours may only be out for an hour, or may be a little longer).

  • The key point in my question was whether it's correct to use now + the future tense. Now it's clear how it works. Thanks. Jan 19 '17 at 12:26

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