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Help!

Posted: 05 Dec 2015, 21:24
by Lizzie227
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."

Thank you!

Re: Help!

Posted: 06 Dec 2015, 15:11
by Lucy
In this example, the past tense form is often considered to be the English subjunctive. It's not past tense in meaning.

Lucy

Re: Help!

Posted: 24 Apr 2016, 17:18
by Lola212
Thanks, Lucy. That is a great way to answer Lizzie's question.