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I'd rather and It's time somebody did something
I'd rather and It's time|
These expressions are also followed by an unreal past. The verb is in the past tense, but the situation is in the present. When we want to talk about a course of action we would prefer someone else to take, we use I'd rather [someone else] + past tense:
 I'd rather you went.
 He'd rather you called the police.
 I'd rather you didn't hunt elephants.
NOTE: stress can be important in these sentences, to show what our preference is:
I'd rather you went = not me.
I'd rather you went = don't stay.
He'd rather you called the police = he doesn't want to.
He'd rather you called the police = not the ambulance service.
Similarly, when we want to say that now is a suitable moment to do something, either for ourselves or for someone else, we use it's time + past tense:
 It's (high) time I went.
 It's time you paid that bill.
 Don't you think it's time you had a haircut?
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