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    Usage of about time

    It's about time our country joined NATO.

    Should the tense be always past when we use high time, about time etc? Are there any situations where we can use the present tense?


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    Re: Usage of about time

    It is time our country joined NATO.
    It is about time our country joined NATO.
    It's is high time our country joined NATO.

    All take the next verb in the past tense.

    compare:
    "It is time for the government to take action."

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