Which is correct?

It pervades our lives now as it did yesterday.

It pervades our lives as it did yesterday.

I think the word "pervades" suggests that it is happening now. Adding "now" would be redundant. Am I wrong?

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    The meaning is clearer with now included. Today would be even better since it contrasts directly with yesterday. – Mick Nov 5 '16 at 13:49
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    I agree with Mick; having the explicit comparison is much clearer. – Hellion Nov 5 '16 at 13:57
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    Redundancies are not always the foul things some imagine. You'd get some strange looks if you said something had gone to rack. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 5 '16 at 14:31
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    @EdwinAshworth Quite. What does going to rack and pinion actually mean? ;-) – Mick Nov 5 '16 at 15:01
  • @Mick - It means you're having barbecue ribs seasoned with pine nuts. – Hot Licks Jan 5 '17 at 3:27

Well, no. Pervades is more of a long term thing. Here's an example of a sentence that would work:

Hunger pervaded our lives that whole long post-war year.

It sounds strange for pervading to happen on a short time scale such as one day.

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