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    Question The use of Understood in the present

    i was told I was wrong by a french girl who is just learning the english language!

    "It is time the french understood what tennis is."


    Is it understand? Or have I used understood in the right context. I instinctively believe I have and it sounds like I have heard it before.

    Note: (referring to their lack of knowledge about what makes a tennis player good) (almost what tennis is all about)

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    Re: The use of Understood in the present

    Hello Unreg,

    1. It is time (that) the French understood what tennis is.

    You are quite right: "understand" would not be idiomatic here; "understood" is required.

    I would call it a subjunctive usage.

    All the best,

    MrP

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