ion Joe said:
RonBee said:ion Joe said:
Good question! People say it is high time that something happen when it is something they think should happen and happen soon. Example:
- It is high time that Ron got off his butt and got a real job.
Casiopea said:tdol said:
EX: It's high time to go. (Not OK)
I agree. To me, it seems as if the meaning expressed by the infinitive (i.e. to...) is clashing with that of the noun high time:
The infinitive marker to expresses an unrealized event. That is, the event hasn't yet happened, so tense is not required.
The noun high time means, overdue time. That is, the event, as tdol noted, should have already happened, so tense is required.
Unrealized (yet to happen)
It's time to go.
It's almost time to go.
It's nearly time to go.
Realized (should have already happened)
It's high time we left.
Expressions of realized time and unrealized time
It's high time to go. (Not OK; high time expresses past time, whereas to go expresses a non-time.)
All the best,
Pretty much, although as noted earlier, high time is perhaps more emphatic.bradaman said:Does "hight time" mean the same that "about time"?
It's high time we went to read.
It's high time we would go to read.
It was high time we had gone to read.
so a can not see any infinitive form!!!!!!!!!!