Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: It's usage

  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Swedish
      • Home Country:
      • Sweden
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden

    • Join Date: Feb 2013
    • Posts: 1
    #1

    Question It's usage

    Is it possible to say: "it's time they think about it !" ???

    i want to mean that it's now that they should start or they will start the action. And i'm using the expression "it's time" and not "it's high time"!

  2. probus's Avatar
    Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 4,357
    #2

    Re: It's usage

    "it's time they think about it !" is not natural and its meaning is unclear.

    If one meant "high time" one ought to have said "It's high time they thought about it", not "think about it."

    But if one meant that now is the appropriate time for them to think about something it would be natural to say "Now is the time they should be thinking about it."

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 50,813
    #3

    Re: It's usage

    Quote Originally Posted by World living kid View Post
    Is it possible to say: "It's time they think about it!"???

    I want to mean that it's now that they should start or they will start the action. And I'm using the expression "It's time" and not "It's high time"!
    Welcome to the forum.

    In BrE, the following are acceptable:

    It's time they thought about it.
    It's time they started thinking about it.

    Please note my amendments above. Start every new sentence with a capital letter, always capitalise the word "I" and (generally) capitalise the first letter of words which are enclosed in quotation marks. Note that there are exceptions to the last rule.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •