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    It's time I did / do my homework.

    It's time I did / do my homework.

    Could either word in bold be used? I have been told that Americans use 'do', while the British use 'did'.

    Is this the case?

    Thanks.

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    Re: It's time I did / do my homework.

    This American would use "did."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: It's time I did / do my homework.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This American would use "did."
    This Englishman would use "did".

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    Re: It's time I did / do my homework.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    It's time I did / do my homework.

    Could either word in bold be used? I have been told that Americans use 'do', while the British use 'did'.

    Is this the case?

    Thanks.
    NOT A TEACHER

    Take a look at this entry form Practical English Usage, p. 286:

    306 it's time

    2 followed by past tense with present meaning
    It's time can also be followed by a subject with a past tense verb. The meaning
    is present.
    It's time she went to bed. It's time you washed those trousers.
    I'm getting tired. It's time we went home.
    The expression It's high time ... is often used in this structure in British
    English, to say that something is urgent.
    It's high time you got a job.
    It's "did" in both AmE and BrE.

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    Re: It's time I did / do my homework.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post


    It's "did" in both AmE and BrE.
    And probably in the rest of the English-speaking world besides.

    Rover

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    Re: It's time I did / do my homework.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    Take a look at this entry form Practical English Usage, p. 286:

    It's "did" in both AmE and BrE.
    It's time can aslo be followed by a subject with a past tense verb. The meaning is present.(Practical English Usage, p. 286)

    If "It's time" followed by a subject with a present tense verb, is it natural?

    Thanks.

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    Re: It's time I did / do my homework.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    If "It's time" followed by a subject with a present tense verb, is it natural?

    Thanks.
    You mean like in, 'It's time they go home'? No, that's not natural. You should say, 'It's time they went home.'

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    Re: It's time I did / do my homework.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post

    If "It's time" is followed by a subject with a present tense verb, is it natural?
    I can't think of a natural-sounding context for that, but 'it's time' is often followed by an infinitive.

    'It's time (for me) to do my homework.'

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