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    It's about time

    Hi,
    How can we use the phrase "It's about time", and what does that mean?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: It's about time

    Welcome to the forum.

    Where did you see the phrase, prompting you to ask this question?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Jan-2014 at 09:53. Reason: Fixing typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's about time

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Where did you see the phrase, prompting you to ask this question?
    Actually, I have heard/seen it many times and have not understood the usage and the meaning of this phrase.

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    Re: It's about time

    It basically means "This is something that probably should have happened some time ago and I am glad/relieved that it is finally happening".

    My friends have been engaged for fourteen years and in 2014 they are finally getting married. It's about time!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's about time

    Quote Originally Posted by alikhalili71 View Post
    Actually, I have heard/seen it many times and have not understood the usage and the meaning of this phrase.
    It still depends on the context in which you heard it.
    1. Obviously it has a literal meaning: "What is Hawking's book A Brief History of Time about?"; "It's about time". But you don't mean that.
    2. "It's about time you started your homework" means "I think you should have started your homework by now."
    3. A more emphatic statement: A: "I've started my homework"; B: "It's about time!" means that B thinks that A should have started his homework long ago (a long time prior to now).
    Note that it does not mean, "It is almost time ..."

    PS: I crossed with ems. I didn't notice how recent this discussion was.

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    Re: It's about time

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It basically means "This is something that probably should have happened some time ago and I am glad/relieved that it is finally happening".

    My friends have been engaged for fourteen years and in 2014 they are finally getting married. It's about time!
    Does it have an important play in the sentences?

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    Re: It's about time

    Yes- it means "This is something that probably should have happened some time ago and I am glad/relieved that it is finally happening"​. If you take it out, then your opinion is lost and it becomes a neutral statement of the facts.

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