'for now'=good bye

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  • taraa

    Senior Member
    Persian
    I might say "Goodbye for now", but I have not heard "Now" or "For now" on its own in this context.
    It would be different if I was responding to someone else's "Goodbye".
    Many thanks.
    So when someone tells you good bye, is that correct if answer "for now/now"?
     

    se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    A Goodbye!
    B For now!

    Speaker B is emphasizing that the separation will be for only a short period.

    It reminds me of the last line of the Reverend Eli Jenkins' prayer in Dylan Thomas's radio play Under Milk Wood
    O let us see another day!
    Bless us all this night, I pray,
    And to the sun we all will bow
    And say, good-bye - but just for now!

    Rev. Eli Jenkins' prayer

    (In the context of the radio play, this prayer is something of a spoof; nevertheless you can find beautifully sung versions of it on YouTube - in the Welsh male voice singing tradition but also by very famous Welsh opera singers.)
     
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    taraa

    Senior Member
    Persian
    A Goodbye!
    B For now!

    Speaker B is emphasizing that the separation will be for only a short period.

    It reminds me of the last line of the Reverend Eli Jenkins' prayer in Under Milk Wood
    O let us see another day!
    Bless us all this night, I pray,
    And to the sun we all will bow
    And say, good-bye - but just for now!

    Rev. Eli Jenkins' prayer

    This prayer is a spoof, but nevertheless you can find beautifully sung versions of it (in the Welsh male voice singing tradition) on Youtube.
    Interesting. Many thanks. :)
     
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