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They both seem to mean now or right now and im struggling to figure out when I would use one or the other. Until now I have always used 지금.

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지금

지금 = Now / Right now.

이제

이제 is a lot different word from 지금, basically meaning Since now and on.... It is said when you're about to do something from now on, or you barely made it done by now.

Examples:

이제(부터) 달라질 것이다.

  • (From now on) I'll be changing.

이제(야) 도착했다.

  • I've just/finally arrived. (It took me so long to get here.)

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