Using it’s time to make suggestions

In this article, let’s learn how to make suggestions using it’s time.

There are several ways of making a suggestion. We can use “Let’s…”, “Why don’t…?”. “Shall we…?”, “How about..?” Similarly, we can use a strange -looking structure to make a suggestion saying that it is already late for something to happen.

Choose the correct answer.



The usual structure for using it’s time is…

It’s time     +     Subject     +      Past form of the verb

(Even though the verb form is in the past, we are still talking about the present or future.)

How to use:

Let’s take a look at a few examples to understand this structure.

It’s time we started for the station.

It’s time John spoke to his manager to settle the problem.

It’s time we went to college.

It’s time the children woke up.

* We can also use It’s high time, It’s quite time, It’s about time depending on the need.

It’s high time Alice quit the job to find her passion.

It’s quite time you visited us. 

It’s time with to + infinitive  is also possible when it is the right time for something to happen or for someone to do something but it is not late, as,

It’s time to water the plants.

It’s time to go to the market.

Let’s try an exercise:

Read the following contexts and express them using expressions ‘It’s quite
time’, ‘It’s high time’, ‘It’s time’ or ‘It’s about time’

Bhavani usually wakes up at 6 a.m. daily. It is 6.15 a.m. now. Bhavani has not woken upyet. You feel it is already late. Express your idea. Use ‘It’s high time’.

Answer: It’s high time Bhavani woke up.

You and your friend have spent more time than you spend daily in the playground. You feel it is late and better to go home. What would you say to your friend? Use the expression ‘It’s time’.

Answer: It’s time we went home.

You to your friend: ‘You have not thought seriously about what you want to do in your life.’ How would you express this idea. Use ‘It’s high time’.

Answer: It’s high time you thought seriously about your life.

Your friend promised you to make a phone call at 7 a.m. But you haven’t received any phone call from him yet. Now it is 7.30 a.m. How would you express this idea? Use ‘It’s time’.

Answer: It’s time my friend made a phone call to me. OR

It’s time I received a phone call from my friend.

Your friend has been working on a project for 5 months. But he has not completed it yet. You feel that your friend should take your help to complete the project fast. Give him / her advice. Use ‘It’s time’.

Answer: It’s time you took my help to complete the project fast.


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