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As we frequently hear following sentences:

  1. Nowadays, everyone has a smartphone.
  2. Everyone has a smartphone these days.
  3. Today, everyone has a smartphone.

My question is:

Is there any difference between nowadays-these days and today? I know that nowadays and these days show us a trend and they are interchangeable. But, can we interchange both of them with 'today'? I want to understand them in the terms of usage. Thanks in advance.

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    Again...don't accept it too quickly. Let others come and have their views. :) – Maulik V Nov 28 '14 at 10:16
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IMO...

The first two are the same. The third one is similar. It simply means the trend of having a smartphone is on.

But the tricky one is the last one especially when it is viewed from different angle. Though it certainly talks about the trend, the word 'today', I think, goes beyond the trend and might talk about the result.

Thus,

Today, everyone has a smartphone

apart from 'trend', it may also talk about the result of revolution in electronics and telecommunications.

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I'd say that 'nowadays' & 'these days' are direct synonyms.

'Today', used in that way, is a synonym - but I think it smacks of 'Reporterese'.
I think it is a forward formation from the old style TV news reporter, standing in the rain in front of a famous building, grimacing into the driving wind & opening with, "Today, in the House of Lords…"

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I consider the first two to be identical. The third one is identical in most circumstances but "today" in it's literal use can also mean "today alone". If you were in a class and it was halloween then "Today everyone's wearing costumes" probably means only on that specific day. In the case that you're working with a team that all require smartphones which the company is buying for them, then in the context of that team "Today, everyone has a smartphone" again probably means that specific day. Since there's a possibility for mistake, I'd generally avoid alternative three. The first two are unambiguous.

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When we are using a language , everything must be placed in its own ,so three of them are just near to each other in meaning for I dont think we have got exact synonyms in English ,entries are only approximate . these days means refer to yesterday the day before yesterday tomorrow and the day after tomorrow today is absolutely today no more but now a days is completely refer to this century or the period of time we are living in ...this decade and etc. I am hopeful I could take you in ...

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