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    It's time you cleaned your room !

    Could you please answer these questions ?
    What is the grammatical structure for the sentence in title?
    What about "It's time for you to clean your room" ? Is it the same ?
    Thank you so much !

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    Re: It's time you cleaned your room !

    It's time to clean ...
    It's time for you to clean ...
    It's time you cleaned ..

    All fine. There is no big difference in meaning.

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    Re: It's time you cleaned your room !

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Could you please answer these questions ?
    What is the grammatical structure for the sentence in title?
    What about "It's time for you to clean your room" ? Is it the same ?
    Thank you so much !

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    Crazygeek,


    (1) I most respectfully suggest that there may be a difference.

    (2) If I understand my books correctly (for example, Mr. Raymond

    Murphy's Grammar in Use):

    It's time for you to clean your room = a statement of fact:

    Mother: Darling, it's 4 p.m. It's time for you to clean your room.

    Son: Oh, thanks for reminding me, Mom. This TV show was so interesting

    that I forgot all about it. I'll get right to it.

    It's time you cleaned your room!!! = a criticism or complaint:

    Father: Mona, can you help me cook dinner?

    Mona: Sorry, Dad. But I'm going to clean my room now.

    Mother: Well, it's time you cleaned your room, young lady!!! I have been

    asking you to do that for the past week, but you have ignored my

    requests.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    P.S. To make it even stronger, Mr. Murphy would suggest:

    It's high time you cleaned your room!!!

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    Re: It's time you cleaned your room !

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I most respectfully suggest that there may be a difference.
    You and Raymond Murphy are right to the extent that 'it's time you cleaned your room can very often imply criticism or complaint. However, this is not necessarily so.

    Son: Is that the time? I didn't realise it was so late.
    Mother: Yes it is. It's time you started on your homework
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    This may be a little more insistent/critical than 'It's time to start your homework', but that will largely depend on the intonation.
    Last edited by 5jj; 11-Jan-2011 at 17:19. Reason: typo

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