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What does it even mean?

They all called me "little dude" now—even the jocks. These big dudes I barely even knew before would knuckle-punch me in the hallways now.

Imaginary situation? Habits? Here we have 'in the hallways now' as if it has already happened. It refers us to a repeated action, doesn't it?

  • Despite the "now", this is a past-tense passage. "Called", "knew" and "would" are all simple past tense forms here. The "would" represents a past-tense intention, inclination or habit. – Gary Botnovcan Oct 5 '18 at 1:34
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    would in that sentence is the same as "used to".This is a narrative past use. – Lambie Feb 1 at 14:25
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In this case, "now" is referring to the time period at which the story takes place at that point. "Would" is being used normally in this sentence.

  • Could I see it as an action that was repeated more than one time? – Through The Wonders Oct 6 '18 at 0:32
  • The passage does seem to be saying that the speaker would get knuckle-punched repeatedly. – KLATP Oct 9 '18 at 3:06

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