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    Default It was high time...

    Hello dear teacher

    Which one is correct

    It was high time you did something.
    It was high time you had done something.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: It was high time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello dear teacher

    Which one is correct

    It was high time you did something.
    It was high time you had done something.

    Thanks.
    had done

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    Default Re: It was high time...

    Unfortunately, 'had done' is incorrect.

    It was time he did something.

    I have changed you to he, because to tell someone (you) that there was a past time for them to do something seems unlikely.

    It's time you did something (now) is fine, as is:


    The mewing of the cat was becoming more insistent. It was time he did something. He considered shooting the cat, but thought better of it. He slowly got out of bed and headed towards the kitchen ...

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    Default Re: It was high time...

    /A learner/

    There is a phrase

    It is time I did something.

    So I can't use the phrase in the past as

    It was (high) time I had done something.

    If so, I am surprised.

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