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Is the following sentence correct? I could have used start instead of started. What is the reason for using started?
It's time you started acting like a responsible adult.
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Yup, that sentence is correct and "start" wouldn't work there. I've checked it from a grammar book to be sure and here it says "it is time" should be followed by past simple or continuous; I can't explain why though...
Jackson6612Is the following sentence correct? I could have used start instead of started. What is the reason for using started?

It's time you started acting like a responsible adult.

It's time/high time/about time you started ... (According to an English usage book, the reason is that you should have started, but you haven't)

It's time you went home. (You should have gone home, but you haven't.)
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Jackson6612Is the following sentence correct? I could have used start instead of started. What is the reason for using started?

It's time you started acting like a responsible adult.
It's time/high time/about time you started ... (According to an English usage book, the reason is that you should have started, but you haven't)

It's time you went home. (You should have gone home, but you haven't.)
Thank you, Yoong. Your explanation helped me a lot in understanding the use of started in that sentence.
Best wishes, Jackson
Hi Jackson

You're welcome.

Best wishes.
HenaYup, that sentence is correct and "start" wouldn't work there. I've checked it from a grammar book to be sure and here it says "it is time" should be followed by past simple or continuous; I can't explain why though...
I have written the red sentence as: Though I can't explain why...
Is my way also correct? If it is, then which way would you prefer and why?
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