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    it was time somebody did something

    Hello.

    I'm familiar with this strucutre "it's (about/high) time somebody did something"

    For example:

    It's time we went home
    It's time they stopped arguing
    It's time the kids were in bed

    However, I still have questions concerning two moments:

    1) As far as I know there's at least a slight difference between "it's time I went home" and "it's time I was going home", but I do not exactly what the difference is.

    2) What tense do I have to use with "it was time"? Should I stick with the past simple or use the past perfect instead?

    It was time I went home

    or

    It was time I had gone home
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: it was time somebody did something

    1) As far as I know there's at least a slight difference between "it's time I went home" and "it's time I was going home", but I do not exactly what the difference is. They mean the same to me.

    2) What tense do I have to use with "it was time"? Should I stick with the past simple or use the past perfect instead?

    It was time I went home. This is possible.

    or

    It was time I had gone home. This is wrong.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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