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...structure will stand for generations to come, just as it did for generations now past...

Is the word now grammatically correct in this usage or even necessary?

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    It is correct. You may keep past before generations, but the presented version is better. – zimbra314 Feb 22 '15 at 21:16
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Yes, it's correct, and metrically preferable. Say the line with the "now" and without while beating out the rhythm with your hand. Without the "now", you get an extra measure/foot, and you can't match up the rhythms of the two instances of "generations".

|structure will|stand for gener|ations to|come,|just as it |did for gener|ations now|past|

|structure will|stand for gener|ations to|come,|just as it |did for|gener|ations|past|

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