Is the word 'now' an adjective or an adverb in the following sentence? And I'd like to know whether the word 'now' can be a postpositive adjective or not.

There is no school in Myanmar now that does not have a computer lab.

  • Traditionally, "Now" is an adverb. But I would say it's a preposition here because it can be modified by 'right' - - "There is no school in Myanmar right now". Oct 28, 2017 at 14:36
  • I can't think of a circumstance where "now" is used as a postpositive adjective. Its use as an adjective is relatively uncommon and generally confined to colloquial usage.
    – rjpond
    Oct 28, 2017 at 18:32
  • @user178049: an intransitive preposition?
    – TimR
    Nov 1, 2017 at 10:56
  • @user178049: would soon also be a preposition? A school is coming soon.
    – TimR
    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:39
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo Aye. In my opinion, it should be analyzed as an intransitive diectic preposition. There are compelling reasons backing up the analysis. First can be a complement of BE: It's now. Second, it can be modified by a specialized adverb "right": It's right now. Prepositional phrases work the same way (cf. It's (right) under your nose). "Soon" is not a preposition, I think; it fails the most central test (i.e. cannot be a complement of BE)--*it is soon sounds off to me. Nov 4, 2017 at 12:35

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An adverb is a word that modifies a verb or other modifier.

Words that answer when? are adverbs, because they modify a verb by saying when something will happen.

Now doesn't work as an adjective, either before or after the word. If you want to say a quality now only, currently is a good word to use.

It can be a conjunction, though: I went there now that she wasn't around anymore.

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