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If someone says,

"I'm visiting Tokyo now,"

does it mean they are already in Tokyo?

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It certainly implies that the person is visiting Tokyo at present.

But the sentence could also be used in other contexts, for example:

If the person was merely passing through the airport;

If the person was visiting Tokyo next.

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If the person was playing a computer game involving various cities.

Tokyo might even be somebody's name.

Now is a notoriously fickle word. I'll do it now or just now is a commitment frequently honoured in the breach.

In short, you can't be certain that the statement is meant literally.

  • Thanks, so my gut feeling about its vagueness was correct. From the context, I can now safely assume they're in the city for the New Year's eve. – user87363 Dec 30 '18 at 1:31

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