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Lizzie227
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Unread post by Lizzie227 » 05 Dec 2015, 21:24

Please can somebody explain to me why the following sentence is in the past tense when it's talking about the present/future?

"Now you're 30, it's time you grew up and got a good, steady job."

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Unread post by Lucy » 06 Dec 2015, 15:11

In this example, the past tense form is often considered to be the English subjunctive. It's not past tense in meaning.

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Unread post by Lola212 » 24 Apr 2016, 17:18

Thanks, Lucy. That is a great way to answer Lizzie's question.

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