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It’s time

We can use the expression it’s time + subject + past verb form to refer to the present moment:

Gosh! It’s almost midnight. It’s time we went home.

Not: It’s time we go home.

It’s time with a verb in the to-infinitive form can refer to the speaker and the listener together:

Come on. It’s time to start packing. We have to leave in two hours. (or It’s time we started packing.)

(“It’s time” from English Grammar Today © Cambridge University Press. Need grammar practice? Try English Grammar Today with Workbook.)

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