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Dear Friends,

Look at the usage of 'Hightime' : "It is hightime that you should realise your responsibility towards your presentation".

*How and when should "hightime" be used?

*I think it means "the event has to got to be done NOW".

*Thirdly, I think the sentense must have been : "It is hightime that you REALISED your responsibility towards your presentation".

I think when we use 'hightime' the sentence must be in past tense like realised,finished,etc.
( I'm not sure whether it is past tense).

Praveen.
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Hi again Praveen,
First of all, I have to apologize for misspelling your name in last 2 posts. You know, Parveen could be another written form for Parvin, an Iranian name, so it's very natural to read words in the way you are familiar with! Emotion: smile
And to your question, if you know the meaning of the phrase, so you have to ba aware of its usage. And you were right, it means "it is time to ..." implying "now". I googled the phrase, and the first examples follow as:

It's high time to expose involuntary neuro-EM experimentation
Climate fears, so it's high time Everest is measured
It's High Time for Lifetime Savings Accounts
It's high time Lebanon's needs were placed ahead of old and tired tactics

As you can notice, its tense is present, meaning that you haven't done something so far, and now it is time to do that (you haven't done it before, no past tense). The only past tense verb following the phrase that I saw, was mentioned in a forum, that I think caccot be trusted. (This is also a forum, others will say the same thing about us, not trustworthy! ha ha)
And a suggestion. In grammar and linguistic books, the sign "*" is used to indicate that the sentence/ phrase,... is not grammatically correct. I was confused the first time I read your email. You can list your questions following a number or a letter. This way, it's much easier to answer your questions by referring to the numbers or letters.
Cheers,
Yet, normally, "high time" is followed by what I was taught is called a "modal preterite", but I'm sure it has a more modern name...

- It's high time we left
- It's high time I fixed the meal
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How interesting Pieanne, You're completely right. The examples I found were all headlines, that explains why they were expressed through the present tense. So, is the phrase always followed up by a past tense unless it's a headline?
Thanks,
Hello, LanguageLover,
There are 2 possible structures:
1. as above, but it's not a past tense, it is a sbjunctive, I think, like you can find after "wish"
- it's high time he were more careful about his health
- it's high time we wrote them a letter
2. with an infinitive
- it's time to go to bed!
- it's time to prepare lunch
Here, you simply state that it is the right moment to...
Sorry, I'm not good at grammatical terms...
Thanks Pieanne, your explenation is clear. Just a brief question. Are the following 2 sentences exactly equivalant, without any changes in meaning? Of course the second sentence is more specific, any other differences despite that?

1. It's hightime to go to bed.
2. It's hightime you went to bed.

Thanks again.
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It is high time in 2 words...

And no, they don't mean the same
1. (08:30PM) It's time to go to bed! (I wouldn't add "high" here, there's no urgency: 08:30 is simply the time to go to bed)

2. (10:00PM) It's high time you went to bed! (hurry up! it's almost too late!)
Thanks a lot. Now I got it clearly. Oops, thanks for mentioning that it comes in two words, I wasn't focused on that part, all I was thinking was the usage! ha ha
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