as acute now as


Senior Member
Hi there!

From The Girl On The Train:

" So I pick up the phone and dial his number, butterflies in my stomach, just the way
it always used to be, the anticipation of hearing his voice as acute now as it was years ago."

Does the sentence mean that Rachel (the speaker) expects now to hear his voice (Tom's) in the same acuteness that it was years ago?
By the way, should it not be "now" then "as acute as", I mean "now as acute as"?

Thanks a lot!
  • Mr.Naom

    Senior Member
    No. The voice is not acute. Her anticipation of hearing his voice was as acute that time as it had been years previously. There are no mistakes in the sentence.
    Ok, the acuteness is about the anticipation, but why she put "now" and why you put "that time"?! the sentence is understood without both of them, isn't it?
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