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    It is time we (should) do something

    1. It is time we understood each other.
    2. It is time we should understand each other.
    3. It is time we understand each other.

    4. It is time we were doing something with it.


    I know 1 is correct. Are 2 and 3 and 4 acceptable?


    Many thanks in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 10-Jun-2012 at 01:44. Reason: one sentence added.

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    Re: It is time we (should) do something

    1 is certainly correct. Stick with it; your alternatives are questionable at best.

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    Re: It is time we (should) do something

    Macmillan: It's time we were leaving. (time)
    Oald online: It's time we were getting along. (get along)

    The past simple is correct. Is it when the clause has the verb indicating moving that we can also use the past continuous in the 'It's time' construction?

    Thank you again.

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    Re: It is time we (should) do something

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Macmillan: It's time we were leaving. (time)
    Oald online: It's time we were getting along. (get along)

    The past simple is correct. Is it when the clause has the verb indicating moving that we can also use the past continuous in the 'It's time' construction?
    No, though most of the citations for the progressive form in COCA are with verbs of movement. The following is fine:

    It's time you were doing your homework.

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