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Present or Past tense.

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Present or Past tense.

Postby ItachiUchiha » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:50 am

Hi,

I was watching Harry Potter 1 {-; and there was this letter by someone giving Harry the invisibility cloak.

"You father left this in my possession before he died.

It is time it was returned to you"

I don't understand why it should be "it was returned to you" instead of "it is returned to you".

Thanks.
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Re: Present or Past tense.

Postby Alan » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:56 am

After the expression It is time (that)..., the past tense, not the present, is needed.
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