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    Exclamation Understood or understand?

    "It is time the french understood what tennis is."

    Is this correct?
    Or is it understand?

    Thanks

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    Re: Understood or understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by help! View Post
    "It is time the french understood what tennis is."

    It is time for the French to understand what tennis is.

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    Re: Understood or understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by help! View Post
    "It is time the french understood what tennis is."

    Is this correct?
    Or is it understand?

    Thanks
    It's correct as it is. It's subjunctive (contrary to fact), since the French don't understand...
    marciobarbalho's version is an alternative, not a correction, and there's a subtle difference in meaning.

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    Re: Understood or understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's correct as it is. It's subjunctive (contrary to fact), since the French don't understand...
    Could you shed some light on that?

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    Re: Understood or understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Could you shed some light on that?
    I knew that was coming.

    1. "It is time the french understood what tennis is." or
    "It is high time the french understood what tennis is." or
    "It is about time the french understood what tennis is."

    These mean that the French really should understand what tennis is by now.

    2. It is time for the French to understand what tennis is.
    This means: The time has now come for the French to understand what tennis is, (and we're going to show them).

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    Re: Understood or understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I knew that was coming.

    1. "It is time the french understood what tennis is." or
    "It is high time the french understood what tennis is." or
    "It is about time the french understood what tennis is."

    These mean that the French really should understand what tennis is by now.

    Well, this is new for me. I have to admit I need a grammar book. But... If I had to say that, I'd do like this:


    It was/is about time, the French finally understood...

    that comma makes everything different to me.
    The way that I learn English does need re-avaliation.


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    Re: Understood or understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by help! View Post
    "It is time the french understood what tennis is."

    Is this correct?
    Or is it understand?

    Thanks
    Correct content, and correct grammar.

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