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What does this sentence mean?
It's time the kids were in bed.
Would you plz be kind enough to explain more?
We use this phrase quite a lot, and also "It's about time..."
I am at a party. It's getting quite late and I have a babysitter waiting at home, so I might say to the host "It's time I was going".
A 45-year-old friend of mine still hasn't passed her driving test. In my opinion, it's about time she did!
'It's time...' refers to a convention/tradition/belief/common practice.... So 'It's time the kids were in bed' means they ought to be and they're not. If that convention/tradition/belief/common practice... has been badly violated, you can say 'It's high time...'. A less extreme violation - 'It's about time...'.
If they ought to be [according to that convention/tradition/belief/common practice...] but might not be (you just don't know) you can use the same form of words, but with the present tense: 'It's [the] time the night watchman [usually] has his nap, so it should be safe'.
PS The was for B - I hadn't read the latest post when I mentioned 'about' as if it was something new.
Last edited by BobK; 21-Jul-2010 at 16:58. Reason: Added PS
PPS A better way of saying 'It's time...' refers to a convention/tradition/belief/common practice.... ' would be 'The phrase "It's time" implies a particular view of time - an appropriate time in the view of some unspecified person: the right time, in some sense.