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I have learned the following structure from Practical in Use.

<It is (hight/about) time (that) + S  + Simple past tense verb>

This is regarding Subjunctive mood


Now I am curious about the last sentence can be possible or not.

It is (high/about) time (that) we went to bed. (O)

= It is (high/about) time for us to go to bed. (O)

= It is (high/about) time (that) we should go to bed. (???)

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Hi, TaeBbongE,

@TaeBbongE posted:


Now I am curious about the last sentence can be possible or not.

It is (hight/about) time (that) we went to bed. (O)

= It is (hight/about) time for us to go to bed. (O)

= It is (hight/about) time (that) we should go to bed. (???)

Please note that the correct spelling of the adjective is "high," without a final "t." Perhaps you are confused with the noun "height."

In reply to your question, you may find this old thread useful.

"It's time we should go to bed" is, mostly in BrE, equivalent to the equally correct "It's time we go to bed," more usual in AmE.

Above all sorry for my typo. I've revised it

Generally I can say things like these;

e.g.)

• It is time for us to go to bed.

• It is time (that) we (should) GO to bed.


However,

(1) Practical English Use: We use It's time, it's high time and It's about time to express present or future wishes, or to express our impatience about things that haven't happened yet.

(2) Longman: It's time you did something = 'you should have done it already or started it'. We often use this structure to criticise or to complain:

Therefore, I can say things like theses;

• It is (high/about) time (that) we went to bed.

=We didn't go to bed. We should have gone to bed already.


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