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    It's time

    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".

    1. It's time you go to bed.
    2. It's time you went to bed.

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    Re: It's time

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".

    1. It's time you go to bed.
    2. It's time you went to bed.
    To my knowledge, sentence 1 is wrong. Sentence 2 just means "It's time to go to bed." The subjuctive mood is used in the part of "you went to bed" of sentence 2. I've got these example sentences in my Longman dictionary, which may help you to understand these two sentence structures better:
    Come on, kids, it's time to go home.
    It's time we had a party.
    The voters felt it was time for a change.
    It's about time he got himself a proper job.
    My dictionary tells us that "it's time did sth/ was doing sth" is used when saying someone should do something soon while "it's about time sb did sth" is used to mean that you think something should happen soon or should already have happened.

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