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16 / 09 / 2009

IT'S ABOUT TIME: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Last June we received a question from Miriam Mensa and didn't have time to answer it before the summer, so we are answering it today. Here is Miriam's question:

hola! este fin de semana me he tragado unos cuantos capítulos de ROME y en más de una ocasión, cuando alguien dice "ABOUT TIME". Lo traducen como "ya era hora" o algo así. Es correcto? o es que yo lo he entendido mal y realmente no dicen "ya era hora"...? gracias!

Yes Miriam, you are correct. When we say, it's about time, we are indicating that something should have happened before now, and we are not happy about it.

Example 1:
It's about time Jack! Where have you been? I've been waiting since two o'clock!

Example 2:
Sandy: We received our income tax refund yesterday.
Albert: It's about time! We should have received it months ago.

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