what's the meaning of "for some time now"

for some time now, the work of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has been receiving growing attention and appreciation

  • It means recently, stretching back several years at least, in this context. Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 20:37
  • That for some immediate (a few years? months? days?) and measurable amount of time, his work has been recognized and appreciated as valuable, is what I would understand from the sentence.
    – JSanchez
    Commented Mar 17, 2014 at 20:38

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for some time ~ for a long period of time
now (sense 3) ~ used for saying how long it is since something happened or started

"For some time now, ..." in the sentence above means "For a long (enough) period of time, ...". It's used for hinting that it's not something just happened yesterday. It's been as stated (in the sentence) for quite a while.

  • But it also indicates that the period in question continues to the present, and is used with a present perfect tense. Without the "now", and with other past tenses, it indicates a closed period in the past.
    – CCTO
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 22:01

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