I think there have been a number of instances "now"

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Korea, Korean
White House officials said that the failure of the launch would not stop the United States from taking the matter to the Security Council. “I think there have been a number of instances now where the North Koreans have failed in these attempts,” White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

This is from the New York Times.
I'd like to know if "now" can be used with the present perfect.
Would it change the meaning if "now" is left out?
 
  • Schmoopy

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    English -England
    There is no real need for the "now" in this sentence, it acts more as a filler in my mind. The sentence would make perfect sense with it taken out.
     
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