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    time

    I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".
    1. It's time you go to bed.
    2. It's time you went to bed.

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    Re: time

    1 is wrong. Say, 'It's time for you to go to bed' or 'It's time for bed.' This is simply a statement of fact.

    2 is fine. It's usually said in a reproving tone of voice to a child who is overtired through having stayed up too long.



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    Re: time

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".
    1. It's time you go to bed.
    2. It's time you went to bed.
    The second one means you should have gone to bed by now.

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    Re: time

    I have to disagree with both Rover and engee on this one.

    While 'It's time you went to bed' may, with appropriate intonation, suggest disapproval, and/or the implication that this should have been done before. this is not necessarily so.

    It can mean pretty much the same as, 'It's time for you to go to bed', in my opinion.

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