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    Default It's time you simple present/simple past

    It's time you stop smoking

    It's time you stopped smoking


    What's the difference?

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    Default Re: It's time you simple present/simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    It's time you stop smoking

    It's time you stopped smoking


    What's the difference?
    The difference is that you normally say the latter.

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    Default Re: It's time you simple present/simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    It's time you stop smoking

    It's time you stopped smoking


    What's the difference?
    Only the second sentence is correct.
    It's time you stopped smoking. (Subjunctive: the action is hypothetical; it's not happening.)
    It's time you had a bath; It's time you left for work. Always the past tense - or rather the present subjunctive tense, which has the form of the past tense.

    Other options:
    It's time that you stopped smoking.
    It's time for you to stop smoking.
    The time has come for you to stop smoking.

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