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    Default It's time everyone told them to shut their rumour factories.

    Why use second form of the verb told here? Shouldn't it be like: "It's time everyone tells them to shut their rumour factories"?

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    Default Re: It's time everyone told them to shut their rumour factories.

    'It's time + subject + verb' requires the past tense of the verb.
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    Default Re: It's time everyone told them to shut their rumour factories.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Aachu,

    (1) The "correct" answer is "It is (high) time that everyone told them to shut down their rumor factories."

    (2) Since you are a learner, it is a good idea if you always use the past tense (some

    people prefer "past subjunctive")

    form after "It is (high) time that ...." ("High" makes it stronger.)

    (3) And remember: never use the "s" form after "It is (high) time that ...."

    (4) NEVERTHELESS, please do not be astonished if you occasionally see a "It is

    time that ...." sentence that uses the present tense (some people prefer "present

    subjunctive").

    (a) Here is an example from a famous English helpline on the Web:

    (i) It is high time we send him a letter. (We have a plan to do something real.)

    (ii) It is high time that we sent him a letter. (We are sorry that we have not sent him a letter. We may or may not send him a letter. It's a "wishful thought.")

    Source: Grammar Logs # 471.

    (b) Here are some examples from a famous grammarian named George O. Curme:

    (i) It is high time that he go. [Remember: no "goes."]
    (ii) It is high time that he went.
    (iii) It is high time that he were going.
    (iv) It is high time that he should go.

    Professor Curme says that (ii) - (iv) are more "modest." That is, they are NOT so demanding as (i). `As the Grammar Logs said, (ii) - (iv) are "wishful thoughts."

    Source: A Grammar of the English Language.

    (5) It is only my opinion, then, that this would also be "good" English:

    It is high time that everyone tell [remember: no "tells"] them to shut down their rumor factories. [As the Grammar Logs said, this might mean that you and others are making plans to shut them down -- sending in the police, passing legislation, etc.]

    "It is high time that everyone told them ...." might be just a "wishful thought," as the
    Grammar Logs said.

    *****

    To sum up:

    (a) While you are a learner, make things "easy" by always using the past (subjunctive) after "It is (high) time that ...."

    (b) If you see a present (subjunctive) form, remember that the sentence may also be
    correct.

    P.S. If any teacher disagrees with something in my post, you should believe him/her.

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