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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 6:26:44 AM
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“It’s high time that the historical playing field is levelled to introduce a balance between history and herstory.”
Lise Hand; Our Understanding of History Is Out of Date; The Times (London, UK); Jul 14, 2018.

Shouldn't it be "was" instead?

Thanks.
papo_308
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 8:17:51 AM
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I think that the correct form here would be the subjunctive "be":

“It’s high time that the historical playing field be levelled to introduce a balance between history and herstory.”
Lise Hand; Our Understanding of History Is Out of Date; The Times (London, UK); Jul 14, 2018.
BobShilling
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 9:16:05 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Shouldn't it be "was" instead?

Yes.
BobShilling
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 9:19:41 AM
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papo_308 wrote:
I think that the correct form here would be the subjunctive "be"


The present subjunctive is rarely used in British English. We use past indicative after it's (high) time (that) ...
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NKM
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 11:44:49 AM

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I'm a firm believer in the use of the subjunctive, but in this situation "was" is the right word.

palapaguy
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 12:39:20 PM

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"Is" and "was" are both correct, but "was" is more common in this context in AE.
palapaguy
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 12:39:21 PM

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"Is" and "was" are both correct, but "was" is more common in this context in AE.
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