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    Question USing past tense with "it's time"

    Hi everybody
    I am really greateful in advance to whom is going to answer my question.I had a problem with the use of simple past when we use "it's time " this refers to present time and the verb that follows it is in past.
    Can any one explain itfo me please
    Thank you

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    Re: USing past tense with "it's time"

    As U mentioned it refers to the present...U may have two forms: It's time U did it, and It'a about time U did it...the latter one carries more emphasis and means it's already late!

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    Re: USing past tense with "it's time"

    Quote Originally Posted by mahli View Post
    Hi everybody
    I am really greateful in advance to whom is going to answer my question.I had a problem with the use of simple past when we use "it's time " this refers to present time and the verb that follows it is in past.
    Can any one explain itfo me please
    Thank you

    As U mentioned it refers to the present...U may have two forms: It's time U did it, and It'a about time U did it...the latter one carries more emphasis and means it's already late!

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    Re: USing past tense with "it's time"

    Quote Originally Posted by mahli View Post
    Hi everybody
    I am really grateful in advance to whoever is going to answer my question. I have a problem with the use of simple past when we use "it's time " this refers to present time and the verb that follows it is in past.
    Can any one explain it to me please.
    Thank you
    What you are talking about is very common English.

    It's time you (had)(got) a job.
    It's time you moved out of your parents house.
    It's time I had a party.

    I don't know how this pattern of expression came to be. Maybe the past tense is used to emphasize that the action
    in question should have happened a long time ago.
    You can further emphasize the lateness and urgency by saying 'It's high time you (had)(got) a job.'


    You can also express these ideas using present tense.

    It's time for you to (have)(get) a job.
    It's time for you to move out of your parents' house.
    It's time for me to have a party.

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