Can I use it in the following sentence:

You may need my services in the now, or perhaps two months later.

With in the now meant to be used in lieu of immediately.

Is this correct use of the phrase? Or is it an altogether incorrect phrase?

I tried to find anything useful on Google, but I couldn't

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    What does your research show about "in the now"? Have you tried to Google it? Your question reads more like a request for proof-reading unless you include your own research and explain why you need to use "in the now".
    – user140086
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 7:22
  • @Rathony normally you'd be right but i just googled the phrase and was surprised to not find any clear definitions popping up - just lots of pages offering to help you "live in the now" etc. Which isn't to say it's not defined somewhere, just that it's not obvious. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 7:32
  • @MaxWilliams I can't agree with your comment more. But, do you see any reason why the OP needs to use "in the now" in the example sentence? +1 for your answer.
    – user140086
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 7:35
  • As mentioned by @MaxWilliams, I could not find anything useful on google. That's the reason I posted it here.
    – Najeeb
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 7:41
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    @MaxWilliams Do you mean the edit doesn't improve the post?
    – user140086
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 7:49

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To be "in the now" means to be "completely focussed on what is happening to you now, not thinking about the past or future or anything which isn't immediately around you."

That is, it's a way of describing someone's attentional state. It is alternatively referred to as "living in the moment", or the state of "mindfulness". It is often linked to Buddhism, meditation and various relaxation techniques. eg http://tinybuddha.com/blog/living-in-the-now-when-its-stressful-4-mindfulness-tips/

You would not use it in the context you describe - you would say "at present" or perhaps just "now".

  • I think in the now typically occurs in the kind of written contexts (transcendentalism, relaxation techniques, etc.) you refer to, but when it comes to everyday conversational contexts, the version I always hear is along the lines of I don't worry about the future. I'm only interested in the here and now. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 15:12
  • It's always in the here and now, in my experience. Of course, in the now is understandable, but I don't hear it.
    – Drew
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 0:53
  • "In the here and now" is a completely separate expression to "in the now". The former really means "pertaining to the situation at present", whereas the latter is a way of describing an individual's mental state. Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 7:40

"In the now" was also used by US soldiers in Vietnam to describe being 'In' Vietnam. I think works well with the answer above by Max. I don't know where the saying originated but I had it explained to me by a Vietnam Vet, So I have always associated it with that period.

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