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    past tense or present tense

    Dear teachers,

    In the following sentence "It's time that we broke with traditional beliefs."

    Is it OK to use "break"?

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    Re: past tense or present tense

    not a teacher

    'break away from' is more common.
    It means 'to depart from/not to conform to'.

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    Re: past tense or present tense

    Hello sjc55, I'm not a teacher, but I hope my advice helps!

    "It's time that we broke with traditional beliefs."

    The word "it's" is present tense. You should say: "It is time that we break away from traditional beliefs." Do not use the past form of "break," which is "broke"; instead, always keep your sentences one tense (however, there are few cases where you must use two different tenses in one sentence).

    I hope this helps!

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    Re: past tense or present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by sjc55 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    In the following sentence "It's time that we broke with traditional beliefs."

    Is it OK to use "break"?
    The past tense is correct. Donīt use present with "Itīs time/Itīs about time/Itīs high time".
    Look here for more examples: other areas - it's high/about time - grammar - central - British Council - LearnEnglish

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    Re: past tense or present tense

    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    The past tense is correct. Donīt use present with "Itīs time/Itīs about time/Itīs high time".
    Look here for more examples: other areas - it's high/about time - grammar - central - British Council - LearnEnglish
    Oh, very good.

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