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There is a multiple choice as follow,
After a whole day of hard work I'm very tired. It's time we _____ home.
A) go B) shall C) went D) should go
the answer is C.
But I think C and D are both right.
Is D correct here? If not, could you give me the reason?
Now, I request the members to
refer post #3 by HOTMETAL
(not a teacher)
As you say, the answer is C. That is a very well used phrase.
I can't quite give a concrete rule why D is wrong, (should g0) but it is. I have never heard it in 39 years.
"It's time we should go home" just doesn't sound right. I think it's because by saying "It IS time…" that is a concrete statement which doesn't go with the "should". "Should" infers that there might be a "…but" coming.
I'm tired. It IS time we went home. [OR]
I'm tired. We should go home (we ought to, suggestion).
Hope that helps even though I'm not 100% clear on the reasons or grammatical rules.
Just seen rj1948's reason: It's an idiom, the reason is not known.
That's what I was trying to say, thanks!!
refer post #7
WOULD no body use "it is time ...should do" anywhere? NO
PS. Can I change the sentence It's time we went home into It's time to go home?
Are these two sentences the same?
"It's time we went home" and "It's time to go home" are very similar, but there is a subtle difference. "It's time we went home" is a standard phrase more likely to be used by someone who is irritated and wants to go. "It's time to go home" is more neutral, it is a statement of fact. "It's past five o'clock; it's time to go home."
I have also seen websites suggested in one of the threads and from all the sites I browsed it's very clear that "it's time we went home". is a unique subjunctive usage which means that "I am going "
or "I go" . The usage which is very close to its meaning is "IT'S TIME WE SHOULD GO HOME".
This is present subjunctive and "It's time we went" means "We want to go". If a parent says, "It's time you went to bed" means he/she wants her children to go to bed.
So my inference is that the best option is "It's time we went".
I welcome comments from other members (without dislike for non-native speakers).
You are right that this could be the best option in a test (probably is), but you will hear many people say "It is time (that) we should go."
Thank you Bhai. Do other member agree with bhaisahib ?
It's time, we should go home.
Sorry for the delay in answering your post. Here are my further comments.
1. You seem to be firm in differentiating between the subjunctive forms and the subjunctive mood. By the subjunctive forms you actually mean only those ones that go back to the old subjunctive. The subjunctive mood is, in your opinion, just an idea of a hypothetical action, which can be expressed by a variety of different means including even the lexical meaning of a verb (or have you already reconsidered your position on that issue? )
2. Since a hypothetical situation can have present and past reference, do you think it would be reasonable to split the subjunctive mood into present and past subjunctive?
3. Don't you think it would be more adequate and less dogmatic to speak about old and new subjunctive forms, rather than subjunctive and non-subjunctive forms used to express the subjunctive mood?