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Dear hotmetal, if you really have never heard "It's time, we should go home." then maybe you should get out more.
Multiple choice quizzes can throw out false negatives where an option may be a possibility in regional, colloquial, etc, language, especially if the writer is thinking about testing a particular form. Also, the longer you discuss something, the more contexts you'll create and the greater the possibility of encompassing choices that the narrow specifics of the testing item exclude.
Having been away offline for a while, I came to this discussion rather late. The carping and bitching do make it both unpleasant and difficult to read. Could I ask everybody to please maintain a civil tone; differences of opinion about language shouldn't descend into the stuff I had to wade through in parts of this thread.
1. It's time we go home.
2. It's time we went home.
3. It's time he was here.
4. It's time he were here.
Earlier in this thread I saw:
I would agree that, in BrE, "It's time" + the present subjunctive (as in #1) is at best extremely uncommon; #2 would be the dominant form.As far as I know, It’s time we go is also acceptable, but there may be a BE/AE difference in usage. If you're writing for an exam, avoid "It's time we go."
(In fact, before I read a similar thread on another forum in which it was stated that #1 might be possible in AmE, I would have taken #1 as an error.)
Another interesting aspect of this structure: I would expect to hear #3, but not #4, in BrE. If this is generally the case, it has implications for the "subjunctive" interpretation of the structure.
Not a professional ESL teacher.
It' time we all went home
It's high time...
During this discussion, we forgot, whose Home?