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can desormais be used to refer to the past?  example: if i refer to something that happened, i would say "a partir de ce moment..." but could i use "desormais" which i only know to use in the present tense?  merci

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My first inclination was to say ,yes  it just applies in a "present" scenario  but I have quite easily found instances where it can indeed be "set in the past"

Try this set of google returns (for "il allait desrormais" ) and you can see them for yourself

https://www.google.ie/search?q=%22il+allait+desormais%22&oq=%22...

I might  also use " à partir de là" if the scenario was set in the past.

There may well be different and better ways of saying this that I do not know about.

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