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    It's time we do something.

    Is "It's time we do something" correct? Should I only use "It's time we did something"?


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    Re: It's time we do something.

    Only the second example is correct.


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    Re: It's time we do something.

    What about "It's now we do something"?

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    Re: It's time we do something.

    Here is something that I found on Wiki:

    To give another example, "It's high time (that) we bought a new car". Although bought appears to be the past tense of the verb to buy, actually the car has not been purchased yet. Here, the past subjunctive is used to express a wish or a suggestion.
    One could also say, "It's high time we buy a new car," which is using present subjunctive.

    English subjunctive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: It's time we do something.

    Quote Originally Posted by ayoyoayoyo View Post
    Is "It's time we do something" correct? Should I only use "It's time we did something"?
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    Here is something from a popular website used by learners and native

    speakers:

    It is high time that we send him a letter.

    =

    A plan to do something real.

    It is high time that we sent him a letter.

    =

    A regret that we have not done it.

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    Re: It's time we do something.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    Here is something from a popular website used by learners and native
    May I know what is the web address? I'd love to have a look!

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    Re: It's time we do something.

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertT View Post
    May I know what is the web address? I'd love to have a look!
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    Re: It's time we do something.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Cheers!


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    Re: It's time we do something.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    Here is something from a popular website used by learners and native

    speakers:

    It is high time that we send him a letter.

    =

    A plan to do something real.

    It is high time that we sent him a letter.

    =

    A regret that we have not done it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chicchick View Post
    Only the second example is correct.
    contradiction?

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    #10

    Re: It's time we do something.

    The past subjunctive must be used in the phrase so as to support the idea that it should already have been done some time before the moment of speaking.

    It's time the topic's closed.

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