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    It's time

    I would like to know why we have to say, "It's time we went.'
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: It's time

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I would like to know why we have to say, "It's time we went.'
    Thanks in advance.
    It's time you did smth.= you should have done it already or started it. It's often used to criticise or to complain.
    It time we went home. It time you knew about it.
    Last edited by Harry Smith; 17-Feb-2007 at 19:06.

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    Re: It's time

    It's often used to criticise or to complain.

    Not necessarily.

    It's time to do sth used to say that something should happen or be done now.

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    #4

    Re: It's time

    I think " It's time to do " and " It's time smb. did" are different, aren't they?


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    Re: It's time

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I think " It's time to do " and " It's time smb. did" are different, aren't they?
    Yes, for example

    "Itīs time you went to bed" (Slightly authoritive/critical.)
    "Itīs time to go to bed" (a simple fact)

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    Re: It's time

    In English, we use the pronoun + verbit is when there is no antecedent for it.

    It's raining. What is raining?

    It's a beautiful day. It's time to go. It's never too late.

    Many (most?) other languages would just use to be without a pronoun in the above sentences.

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    Re: It's time

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I would like to know why we have to say, "It's time we went.'
    Well, it's an imagined or wishful situation. We haven't left yet and I want to leave.
    "The past form...is, I think, the subjunctive form of the verb. The subjunctive is often used when we talk about unreal or imagined situations.

    You can imagine the person who said that might be looking at their watch and worrying perhaps about catching a train."

    Read more here.
    With regards to "It's time we leave", it's an elliptical structure, considered to be the result of an optional should-deletion rule at play.

    should-deletion
    Ex: It's time (that) we should leave => (that) we leave.
    Subjunctive
    Ex: It's time (that) we left. <wishful thinking >

    should-deletion
    Ex: It's time we (should) go.
    Subjunctive
    Ex: It's time we went. <wishful thinking >

    All the best.


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    Re: It's time

    Hi Casiopea

    You wrote: "With regards to ... ". I was taught at school that it should be "With regard to ... "

    You wrote: "It's time we (should) go home." But from what I've read in English usage books, it should be "It's time we went" or "It's time to go".

    Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: It's time

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    You wrote: "With regards to ... ". I was taught at school that it should be "With regard to ... "
    You're right; I'm wrong. I don't and probably shouldn't have warm thought towards the examples sentence. It should be, With regard to.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat
    You wrote: "It's time we (should) go home." But from what I've read in English usage books, it should be "It's time we went" or "It's time to go".
    'went' and '(for me/him/her/us) to go' are Standard.

    I'll look into should for you tomorrow. It's late (3:09 a.m.)

    Happy Chinese New Year!

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    It's time you went to bed, Casiopea!

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