Reply to "It is past time to"

yasukotta posted:

Is it possible to paraphrase (1) to (3) below?

(3) To update/Updating your resume is past time.

Hi, Yasukotta,

Unfortunately, that paraphrase does not work. What your attempt to use (3) as a paraphrase of (1) tells me is that you thought (1) involved extraposition, with "it" filling in for the infinitival clause "to update your resume."

In reality, "it" is meaningless in (1), or purely situational. "It" is identified with the time that is past (the) time to update "your" resume. The infinitival clause "to update your resume" actually modifies "time"--cf.: "update-your-resume time."

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