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I would like to know why we have to say, "It's time we went.'
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by Harry Smith; 17-Feb-2007 at 18:06.
It's often used to criticise or to complain.
It's time to do sth used to say that something should happen or be done now.
I think " It's time to do " and " It's time smb. did" are different, aren't they?
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.
"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."
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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.
Ex: It's time (that) we should leave => (that) we leave.
Ex: It's time (that) we left. <wishful thinking >
Ex: It's time we (should) go.
Ex: It's time we went. <wishful thinking >
All the best.
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.
'went' and '(for me/him/her/us) to go' are Standard.Originally Posted by kohyoongliat
I'll look into should for you tomorrow. It's late (3:09 a.m.)
Happy Chinese New Year!
It's time you went to bed, Casiopea!