Grammar usage (flagged)
There are several meanings for the word "just". One meaning is "now"
Can I use just and now together in a sentence?
As usual, you have asked an excellent question!
The short answer to your question is, yes, sometimes you can use just together with now.
When just has a time-based meaning, the adverb can mean either (1) at this moment/right now or (2) a time very close to the present. Meaning #1 is usually used with a Present Continuous verb, and #2 with (more natural in American English) a Simple Past verb or (more natural in British and Canadian English) a Present Perfect verb. Using just now instead of just is possible for both meanings, but is more common for #2, and the phrase often appears in a different place in the sentence.
Example sentences for Meaning #1
I'll be down in a minute. I'm just changing my shirt.
I'll be down in a minute. Just now, I'm changing my shirt. [not as natural with just now]
I'll be down in a minute. I'm changing my shirt just now. [not as natural with just now]
Example sentences for Meaning #2
Mr. Smith has just phoned.
Mr. Smith just phoned.
Mr. Smith has phoned just now.
Mr. Smith phoned just now.
Just now, Mr. Smith has phoned. [not quite as natural as the other versions]
Just now, Mr. Smith phoned. [not quite as natural as the other versions]
I hope this helps.
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