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    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: 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.
    Hi wowenglish1,

    You asked a very good question! I know that English teachers and grammar books say English verb tenses are about time, about “when” something happens, but in reality that’s only close to true.

    In English the real difference between the “present simple” and the “past simple” is not about “time”, which is why your examples are both “correct”, they both are happening “now”, but they don’t have the same social impact. If you can “hear” which example sounds stronger or more “forward” and which one is weaker or more in the “background”, than you are on the right path.

    Unfortunately it would take a whole book to fully show how the English verb tense system really works….and you can find an electronic version of that book here.

    I hope that helps.

    Matthew Balson

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    Re: time

    1. It's time you go to bed.(You are told to go to bed)

    2. It's time you went to bed.(You should have gone to bed but you have not)

    not a teacher

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    Re: time

    Where did you find "It's time you go to bed"?

    (I would say It's time for you to go to bed.)




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