better to go then not, an advice
Note I'm not a teacher,
It's hight time for me to go to the dentists.
But I'm not sure about it. I think there is a slight difference in meaning.
It's about time / high time means that somebody (you) should have done something some time ago or a long time ago whereas I had better do sth sugest the necessity of doing it (going to the dentist) to avoid unpleasant consequence.
it's time that I went to the dentist.:-)
1) I had better go to the dentist isn't equal to the phrase
2) It's (high) time I went to the dentist.
1) advice to say that something should be done in the future
2) to say I am little late or late in something
I’m not a teacher.
The meaning of had better (I’s better) is similar to should “I’d better do something” = I should do something or it is advisable for me to do something: if I don’t do this something bad might happen.
I have to meet Tom in ten minutes. I’d better go now or I’ll be late.
The form is always “had better” (usually‘d better in spoken English). We say had but the meaning is present or future, not past.
You can say “It’s time (for someone) to do something.
It’s time to go home.
There is another structure: “It’s time someone did something.”
It’s nearly midnight. It’s time we went home.
We use the past (went) after It’s time someone…. But the meaning is present or future, not past.
We use the structure "It’s time did something" especially when we are complaining or criticizing, or when we think someone should have already done something.
It’s time the children were in bed. It’s long past their bedtime.
We also say “It’s high time”. “It’s about time.”
This makes the complaint or criticism stronger.
Ex: I'd better go to the dentist before my tooth gets worse. :tick:_____________________
Present and past subjunctive______________________
The terms present subjunctive and past subjunctive can be misleading, as they describe forms rather than meanings: the past and present subjunctives are so called because they resemble the past and present indicatives, respectively, but the difference between them is a difference in modality, not a temporal one.
Subjunctive mood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ex: It's high time (that) the children were in bed. :tick:
Ex: It's about time (that) the children were in bed. :tick: