It’s high time!

In the article “are you strong enough to cry?” (January issue), the author ends with saying “It’s high time we openly embrace them.” Shouldn’t’he have said “It’s high time we openly embraced them”, owing to the fact that ‘It’s high\about time… ‘ has to be followed by simple past? Thank you. Roberta 

Technically, yes, but English is often more flexible than Italian. If you say “It’s high time we openly embrace them,” it’s perfectly acceptable. Seeing as you are “grammatically correct,” please allow us to correct a couple of mistakes in your email. It’s “ends by saying” and not “ends with saying,” “shouldn’t he have said” and not “shouldn’t’he have said” and “followed by the simple past” and not “followed by simple past.”

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