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    Default It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Does a's past tense(went) have the meaning of regret like "you should have gone long before", but is it just hassling the listener with the regret nuance?
    If it actually has the regret, then you will say "You should have gone home", so I think it doesn't really have any regret, but just to push the listener to do something. Am I right?

    a)It's time you went home. It's so late!
    b)It's time you go home or It's time to go home

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does a's past tense(went) have the meaning of regret like "you should have gone long before", but is it just hassling the listener with the regret nuance?
    If it actually has the regret, then you will say "You should have gone home", so I think it doesn't really have any regret, but just to push the listener to do something. Am I right?

    a)It's time you went home. It's so late!
    b)It's time you go home or It's time to go home
    Maybe in Am English, which is more enamoured of the subjunctive than Br Eng, the first b expression would more unequivocally acceptable. In Br Eng it sounds rather hoity-toity: 'Look at me, using the subjunctive - clever, eh?'

    In 'It's time [^] to go home' you could add 'for you' where I've marked.

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    Question Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Maybe in Am English, which is more enamoured of the subjunctive than Br Eng, the first b expression would more unequivocally acceptable. In Br Eng it sounds rather hoity-toity: 'Look at me, using the subjunctive - clever, eh?'

    In 'It's time [^] to go home' you could add 'for you' where I've marked.

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    Thanks!
    I read in some book that when we add about before time, it even becomes more serious, as in, 'It's about time we talked to him!', meaning it's very late. Is it used in daily speech at all?


    Cheers!

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks!
    I read in some book that when we add about before time, it even becomes more serious, as in, 'It's about time we talked to him!', meaning it's very late. Is it used in daily speech at all?


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    Yes, either to mean "it's very late", or to mean that a situation has reached a serious level that makes talking to him necessary.

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    'It's about time you did <whatever>' implies that the speaker thinks it's past the time when you should have done it. A teacher might say 'You've had three months to do this coursework, and it's due by the end of the month. It's about time you got started.'

    If it's long past the time, the speaker may say 'It's high time...'. 'We've been telling him not to do that for years. It's high time he got the message.'

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'It's about time you did <whatever>' implies that the speaker thinks it's past the time when you should have done it. A teacher might say 'You've had three months to do this coursework, and it's due by the end of the month. It's about time you got started.'

    If it's long past the time, the speaker may say 'It's high time...'. 'We've been telling him not to do that for years. It's high time he got the message.'

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    Then, what's the difference between "You should have gone home" and "It's time you went home"?

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Then, what's the difference between "You should have gone home" and "It's time you went home"?
    y in the morning
    Emphasis.

    "You should have gone home" can imply It's late and you're still here. You shouldn't be. Why are you still here?

    "It's time you went home" can imply It's getting really late. Don't you think
    it'd be a good idea to go home? You'll work more productively in the morning.


    But those aren't the only possible implications.

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Then, what's the difference between "You should have gone home" and "It's time you went home"?
    y in the morning
    Emphasis.

    "You should have gone home" can imply It's late and you're still here. You shouldn't be. Why are you still here?

    "It's time you went home" can imply It's getting really late. Don't you think it'd be a good idea to go home? You'll work more productively in the morning.

    But those aren't the only possible implications.

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    y in the morning
    Emphasis.

    "You should have gone home" can imply It's late and you're still here. You shouldn't be. Why are you still here?

    "It's time you went home" can imply It's getting really late. Don't you think it'd be a good idea to go home? You'll work more productively in the morning.

    But those aren't the only possible implications.

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    I still don't get it, You seem to be saying "should have gone" is regret over obligatory thing, and "It's time that..." is hassling over an advisable but not an obligatory thing. Could you make it clear again?

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    Default Re: It's time you went home. It's so late!

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I still don't get it, You seem to be saying "should have gone" is regret over obligatory thing, and "It's time that..." is hassling over an advisable but not an obligatory thing. Could you make it clear again?
    Regret over an obligatory thing not done, as in my last post, is one possibility, but 'should have <ppl>' can also just express a supposition or estimate: 'Let's go and meet her after the exam. She should have finished by now.'

    And 'It's time that' can be used just as you say. Perhaps other teachers can shed further light on this...

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