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    Default Re: it was high time i had gone to college

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that there is (may be) a slight difference in the meaning:

    a) It's time for him to leave. = The correct time has arrived.
    b) It's time he went. = It's already a bit late.
    That's my feeling. I was a little too brief in my last post.
    He says it is time he went. ---> He said it was time he had gone.

    I am almost 100% certain that in this case the verb form remains the same. (That is, "He said it was time he went." )
    I agree.

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    Default Re: it was high time i had gone to college

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    But is it acceptable to say "It's high time he had left home"? I don't think it is. For me, "it's (high) time ..." can be followed only by something that must be done after the utterance.

    I think so, but as an abbreviation of 'It's high time things were in a condition characterized by, among other things, his having left'.

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