‘would rather’ | ‘it’s time’ + PAST TENSE CLAUSE

Here we look at examples of using ‘the past tense’ in a way that is not referring to past time.  In these EXPERT EXAMPLES: It’s time we started to think about the environment and a little bit less about money. Isle of Man Newspapers As an environmentalist, we would rather that didn’t happen. TED ‘the past tense’ expresses a wish that is distanced from the real situation. In reality, they are not thinking …

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1 TIME (NNT1) 24212119 2 TIME (NNT1_VV0%) 371235 3 TIME (RR42) 192513 4 TIME (RR44) 191760 5 TIME (VV0%) 101432 6 TIME (VV0%_NNT1) 83462 7 TIME (RT43) 37727 8 TIME (RR31) 21289 9 TIME (VVI) 9981