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    Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    1.It's time for him to get married.
    2.It's time he got married.
    And is this structure correct: It's (high) time somebody do something
    Thank you!


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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    1.It's time for him to get married.
    2.It's time he got married.
    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    And is this structure correct: It's (high) time somebody do did something.
    Thank you!
    do did

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by ha179 View Post
    1.It's time for him to get married.
    2.It's time he got married.
    And is this structure correct: It's (high) time somebody do something
    Thank you!
    (NOT a teacher) "It's high time (that) somebody DO something" is very elegant, older English. It is the subjunctive and is still used in formal writing. Nowadays, most people prefer the indicative: DID. Another example: It is really time that something WERE/WAS done.


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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    (NOT a teacher) "It's high time (that) somebody DO something" is very elegant, older English.
    Really?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Nowadays, most people prefer the indicative: DID.
    Sorry to let you down, Parser, but did is subjunctive past.

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    [QUOTE=Kondorosi;547399]Really?

    Sorry to let you down, Parser, but did is subjunctive past. You did not let me down. As George O. Curme, the eminent grammarian, has said: the past subjunctive and the past indicative have the same form.


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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    [QUOTE=TheParser;547414]
    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    Really?

    Sorry to let you down, Parser, but did is subjunctive past. You did not let me down. As George O. Curme, the eminent grammarian, has said: the past subjunctive and the past indicative have the same form.
    And different uses.

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