Is it correct to use "now" as an alternative to (present) or (current), such as; my now wife, my now job?

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    Welcome to ELU. When you did your research into now, did you find it used as an adjective?
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 15 at 11:11
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    @AndrewLeach Dictionaries site an adjective context, but some of them restrict their examples to a distinctly different definition, though also an adjective: "That style is so now." However I'm inclined to say that the way of using "now" presented in this question is just fine, if only because it falls into the same pattern as a very common adj context for "then", e.g., "I would have chosen a dog, but my then wife preferred cats."
    – R Mac
    Aug 15 at 11:44
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    You can say "my now wife" and "my then wife". But Google Ngrams gives nothing for "my now job". Aug 15 at 12:16
  • When's the last time you heard it, or read it (not in a dictionary)? My wife now, my job now, the X now... probably outnumber it 10,000 to 1.
    – TimR
    Aug 15 at 12:58
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    @EdwinAshworth indeed the Ngram shows usage to have been dropping since the late 19th C, although 'my then wife' has been on the rise (D-I-V-O-R-C-E?) Aug 15 at 13:16

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Yes, in some contexts now is used as an adjective just as you suggest, though it’s not all that common in practice. Look in a dictionary and you’ll find things like this.

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