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    Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    I was taught that "It's time we went home" is correct and grammar books say so. But do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

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    Either sound find to me. I might say "It's time we go." but never "It's time we went." so I might add to the first one: "It's time we go home." But, I'm more likely to say "It's time to go [home]."

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I was taught that "It's time we went home" is correct and grammar books say so. But do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

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    The majority of native speakers would not say that, they would use "went".

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    I would not use go. (BrE speaker)

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    If you are taking any form of examination, use only 'went'. 'Go' is likely to be considered wrong.

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I was taught that "It's time we went home" is correct and grammar books say so. But do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

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    Does "It's time we went home" mean ""It was time we went home"? If no, I wonder why we should use 'went'?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    Is this use of go considered wrong and grammatically incorrect in AmE too? I'm hinting at what BobSmith posted.

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    COCA gives several examples of it's time + subject + verb (present tense), so it appears to be acceptable in AmE

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    If you wanted to be on the safe side you could always say

    It's time (for us, you, me, them...) to go home.




    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
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    Does "It's time we went home" mean ""It was time we went home"? If no, I wonder why we should use 'went'?

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    Re: Do native speakers say "It's time we go home'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
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    Does "It's time we went home" mean ""It was time we went home"? If no, I wonder why we should use 'went'?

    Thanks.
    I'd call it the past subjunctive. It's contrary to fact. We aren't going home at present. It's time that we did (not "that we do").
    Here are some more examples:
    1. "It's time you did your homework." Note the past tense form for something you haven't done yet.
    2. "
    If you wanted to be on the safe side you could always say ..." This is conditional, and hence uncertain. I believe it is a case of subjunctivity, but others might disagree.
    Some people say that the subjunctive is dying in English, but it keeps turning up requiring explanation.

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