View Poll Results: We ____ use an infinitive after 'it's high time'

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    It's high time that Ron went to bed.
    It's high time that Ron stopped staying up so late responding to posts.

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    But it's wrong to say 'It's high time to go', whereas we can say 'It's time to go'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    But it's wrong to say 'It's high time to go', whereas we can say 'It's time to go'.
    I think you're right. It would be correct usage if people said "it's high time to", but they don't.

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    It's tested as an error in some exams here, like the Cambridge Advanced (CAE).

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    Dear teachers, what does "high time" mean?
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ion Joe
    Dear teachers, what does "high time" mean?
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    Good question! People say it is high time that something happen when it is something they think should happen and happen soon. Example:
    • It is high time that Ron got off his butt and got a real job.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by ion Joe
    Dear teachers, what does "high time" mean?
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    Good question! People say it is high time that something happen when it is something they think should happen and happen soon. Example:
    • It is high time that Ron got off his butt and got a real job.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    But it's wrong to say 'It's high time to go', whereas we can say 'It's time to go'.
    EX: It's high time to go. (Not OK)

    I agree. To me, it seems as if the meaning expressed by the infinitive (i.e. to...) is clashing with that of the noun high time:

    The infinitive marker to expresses an unrealized event. That is, the event hasn't yet happened, so tense is not required.

    The noun high time means, overdue time. That is, the event, as tdol noted, should have already happened, so tense is required.

    Unrealized (yet to happen)
    It's time to go.
    It's almost time to go.
    It's nearly time to go.

    Realized (should have already happened)
    It's high time we left.

    Expressions of realized time and unrealized time
    It's high time to go. (Not OK; high time expresses past time, whereas to go expresses a non-time.)

    All the best, :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    But it's wrong to say 'It's high time to go', whereas we can say 'It's time to go'.
    EX: It's high time to go. (Not OK)

    I agree. To me, it seems as if the meaning expressed by the infinitive (i.e. to...) is clashing with that of the noun high time:

    The infinitive marker to expresses an unrealized event. That is, the event hasn't yet happened, so tense is not required.

    The noun high time means, overdue time. That is, the event, as tdol noted, should have already happened, so tense is required.

    Unrealized (yet to happen)
    It's time to go.
    It's almost time to go.
    It's nearly time to go.

    Realized (should have already happened)
    It's high time we left.

    Expressions of realized time and unrealized time
    It's high time to go. (Not OK; high time expresses past time, whereas to go expresses a non-time.)

    All the best, :D
    I c!! Thank you, teacher Casiopea!! :D

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