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Just want to ask why we use the words "tidied up" (past tense) in the sentence below, not "tidy up" (present tense).
It's time we tidied up the office.
Thanks so much in advance.
Although it doubtless originated as a past subjunctive, the (obligatory) use in the contemporary language of the past indicative to refer to a hypothetical/future event is highly anomalous. Nonetheless, the construction is standard in all varieties of English.
Thanks so much for answering my question. But would it be possible for you to explain this in basic English, that is, without including grammar terms?
Yes, indeed. Couldn't have simplified it better myself!