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    "welcomed"

    Dear all,

    In this dialogue:

    A: how long have we been neighbors?
    B: Six months?
    A: Well, donít you think itís time you welcomed me to the neighborhood?


    I don;t understand the meaning of "welcomed" here. Why it's in the past tense like that? After "it's time to" I've never seen a past. So I couldn't get what A wants to say exactly.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: "welcomed"

    It's a form of pseudo-subjunctive, using the past tense to signify an abstraction that is not based on current reality -- yet -- the speaker is hoping it will become real, but is articulating it as unreal.

    If you welcomed me, I would be happy.

    Here the conditional "would be" is accompanied by a condition, "If you welcomed me," also in the past to show it is not currently, as the speaker speaks, true.

    Most Indo-European languages do the same thing in such cases, though often they use a past imperfect for such things.

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    Re: "welcomed"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It's a form of pseudo-subjunctive, using the past tense to signify an abstraction that is not based on current reality -- yet -- the speaker is hoping it will become real, but is articulating it as unreal.

    If you welcomed me, I would be happy.

    Here the conditional "would be" is accompanied by a condition, "If you welcomed me," also in the past to show it is not currently, as the speaker speaks, true.

    Most Indo-European languages do the same thing in such cases, though often they use a past imperfect for such things.
    I can get the meaning of the past in "If you welcomed me I would be happy" but honestly speaking I still can't get what she wants to say. does she mean "Dont you thing it's high time to welcome me"?? Is that it?
    Thanks

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    Re: "welcomed"

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    I can get the meaning of the past in "If you welcomed me I would be happy" but honestly speaking I still can't get what she wants to say. Does she mean "Don't you think it's high time to welcome me"?? Is that it?
    Thanks
    Yes, overdue.

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