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Isn't it time you shift to a smarter drive?
In my opinion, the correct sentence would be:
Isn't it time you shifted to a smarter drive?
Am I right?
uses the subjunctive shift, as with require/demand verbs:
It is required that you shift
which has the (mainly) BrE equivalent of
It is required that you should shift
(see Swan, Practical English Usage, Subjunctive, Should)
I think your version could be also valid, but suggesting less of a mandatory/presssing requirement and more of a doubt.
Both versions are used at Google, with yours being more frequent (and present on a university site here):
Perhaps it's time you shift your focus off of yourself and
this incident which most rescuers/volunteers encounter and onto the
greater good of a difficult cause.
If you love what you do, if your business lights you up, you wish you
could attract more clients--but you're confused about marketing and
you just hate to sell, then it's time you shifted the way you think
about getting clients...
CaliveWell, there are several combinations
You can use other pronouns not only you, for example we, but with he/she/it/they the sentence has to be carefully tailored.
Not to forget the other usages
AperisicWell, there are several combinationsI don't see:
- the point about past simultaneity in the first; I don't see how you can make it;
- the point of using "squander" in the 2nd (it makes the phrase nonsensical); also I doubt that "is going to" is correct in that context.
Welkins2139It seems to me the difference between 'shift' and 'shifted' is a degree/how much that a car company wants you to shift.Yes, that is the commercial/marketing point of the different phrasing.
CaliveThis is the headline from the brochure of a leading car maker:
by BBC. It explains the rather strange use of simple past tense.
Calive... by BBC. It explains the rather strange use of simple past tense.Not that strange. Some consider it just another form of subjunctive.
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