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    It's time... in all its forms

    1.    It's time = the moment has come to do something

    It's time + infinitive

    -    It's time to leave for the airport. Our plane is to take off in three hours.

    It's time is very often followed by a complete infinitive clause.

    It's time for me to say goodbye now, it's getting late! 


    2. It's about time = it would really be the moment to do something

        It's high time = it's really the moment to do something

    It's time + modal 
    preterite = it would really be the moment to... 

    The modal preterite doesn't express a past tense.The sentences in this mode indicate that the action isn't really taking place at the present moment, but that the action may become real in the future. It's called the unreal present. 

    It's time he understood that he is responsible for his future. ( = at the moment, he cannot understand, but perhaps he will, one day... => modal preterite.)

    3. It's the first time + present perfect

     - It's the first time I have eaten in a Russian restaurant.


    * Following the sequences of tenses, this expression is followed by a past perfect when it's introduced by it was the time: 

    - It was the first time he had apologised to his father. 





    Here you are!   You know what's necessary to know, now...   Good luck! 


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    1. It’s time that if you go on buying useless things on credit, you’ll be burdened by debt.
    2. It’s the first time such beautiful landscapes… I’m glad I came.
    3. Why were you so apprehensive? It wasn’t the first time to speak in public and you did it very well.
    4. Come on! Make an effort! It’s time from here and give a good example to your brother… You can do it!
    5. Lucy, it’s time your homework, now. Oh no, Mom, I still have plenty of time.
    - You’re a big girl, now… It’s high time that ' all play and no work makes ' Lucy a silly girl…
    - Ah ah! Mom… Don’t you think it’s time that I’m responsible for my schoolwork.
    - And it’s time that the proverb also says “ all work and no play makes” Lucy a dull girl! I don’t want to be dull…
    - Lucy ! You’re being impertinent here… It’s the first time so brash to me, and I won’t have it!
    - Oh Mom, it was humour, wasn’t it? Be sure that if it wasn’t the first time humour with you, it won’t be the last one either! …ha ha! They both laughed! Having a growing girl is no easy task…

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