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    #1

    "it's time that we left"?

    Which ones are acceptable? And are there any differences in meaning?
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    "it's time that we left"
    "it's time that we leave"
    "it's time that we should leave" (is this incorrect?)
    "it's time for us to leave"

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    #2

    Re: "it's time that we left"?

    "it's time that we left"
    "it's time that we leave" , though you will find occasional examples where people use the present
    "it's time that we should leave" (is this incorrect?) I wouldn't say incorrect, but wouldn't use it
    "it's time for us to leave"

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    #3

    Re: "it's time that we left"?

    I thought it was usually possible to replace the "for [object] to [verb]" form with the "that [subject] [present subjunctive verb]" form, but it's not?

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    Re: "it's time that we left"?

    It's not incorrect, but you don't hear it used as much as the others.

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