The word "nowadays" is an adverb that is used to describe present activities, especially in contrast to activities of the past. This word can go at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a sentence.

  • It’s hard to get good help nowadays. (In the past, it was easier.)
  • Nowadays it’s hard to get good help.
  • It’s hard, nowadays, to get good help.
  • People nowadays are too impatient to wait for anything. (In the past, people had more patience.)
  • It seems nowadays everyone is starting down at a cell phone, more interested in the online world than the real world. (In the past, people didn’t have cell phones.)
  • Nowadays, it’s possible to keep in touch with family and friends through mobile technology.
  • There’s been a lot of talk, nowadays, about how uncomfortable it is to travel by plane.
  • What are you up to nowadays? (What are you doing with your life at present?)

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This page was published on June 12, 2017.