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    #91

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    Dear hotmetal, if you really have never heard "It's time, we should go home." then maybe you should get out more.

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    #92

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Dear hotmetal, if you really have never heard "It's time, we should go home." then maybe you should get out more.
    Bhaisahib, the party is in full swing and I do not feel like going home.

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    #93

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Dear hotmetal, if you really have never heard "It's time, we should go home." then maybe you should get out more.
    Dear Bhaisahib,

    I too haven't heard "It's time, we should go home".
    Google search for "It's time, we should go home" results in none. But "Tt's time we went home" throws a few links.

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    #94

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    Quote Originally Posted by venkatasu View Post
    Dear Bhaisahib,

    I too haven't heard "It's time, we should go home".
    Google search for "It's time, we should go home" results in none. But "Tt's time we went home" throws a few links.

    venkatasu
    What is a language? Is it something written in a dictionary or a grammar book, or is it what people use for communication? The answer is obvious. A dictionary or a grammar book is a copy, though a systematic one, but the original is the spoken language. I think we can argue with native speakers on how to better describe the language system, but not on how they should use it.

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    #95

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    What is a language? Is it something written in a dictionary or a grammar book, or is it what people use for communication? The answer is obvious. A dictionary or a grammar book is a copy, though a systematic one, but the original is the spoken language. I think we can argue with native speakers on how to better describe the language system, but not on how they should use it.
    I agree with you clark

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    #96

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    Multiple choice quizzes can throw out false negatives where an option may be a possibility in regional, colloquial, etc, language, especially if the writer is thinking about testing a particular form. Also, the longer you discuss something, the more contexts you'll create and the greater the possibility of encompassing choices that the narrow specifics of the testing item exclude.

    Having been away offline for a while, I came to this discussion rather late. The carping and bitching do make it both unpleasant and difficult to read. Could I ask everybody to please maintain a civil tone; differences of opinion about language shouldn't descend into the stuff I had to wade through in parts of this thread.

    Thank you

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    #97

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    1. It's time we go home.
    2. It's time we went home.
    3. It's time he was here.
    4. It's time he were here.

    Earlier in this thread I saw:

    As far as I know, It’s time we go is also acceptable, but there may be a BE/AE difference in usage. If you're writing for an exam, avoid "It's time we go."
    I would agree that, in BrE, "It's time" + the present subjunctive (as in #1) is at best extremely uncommon; #2 would be the dominant form.

    (In fact, before I read a similar thread on another forum in which it was stated that #1 might be possible in AmE, I would have taken #1 as an error.)

    Another interesting aspect of this structure: I would expect to hear #3, but not #4, in BrE. If this is generally the case, it has implications for the "subjunctive" interpretation of the structure.

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    #98

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    It' time we all went home

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    #99

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    It's high time...


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    #100

    Re: "It's time we went home?" or "It's time we should go home?"

    During this discussion, we forgot, whose Home?

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