- corrupted data/file
- corrupted officials/men/government
Why we say #1 - phrase is correct while #2 - phrase is incorrect?
could any one help me?
- corrupt officials/men/government
Usually people use #3 - phrase instead of #2-phrase.
#2 is fine, as is #3. #1 is more common because someone or something corrupts the files; it is not a part of their nature. #2 is more common because corruption is part of those officials’ nature.
I infer from your statements that ‘corrupt’ and ‘corrupted’ can be used interchangeably.
Are these correct?
- It’s high time for voters to vote out the corrupt government.
- It’s high time for voters to vote out the corrupted government.
- The presence of one corrupted member in the council led to bad administration.
- The presence of one corrupt member in the council led to bad administration.
- Don’t allow the corrupt people to enter politics.
- Don’t allow the corrupted people to enter politics.
No, sorry, that’s not what I intended to convey. Native speakers choose one or the other according to the differences I indicated (or perhaps they see them as collocations); in any case, both are grammatical, but one sounds natural while the other does not– or they convey different meanings:
1. It’s high time for voters to vote out the corrupt government.-- The nature of the government.
2. It’s high time for voters to vote out the corrupted government.-- It has recently become corrupted by some agent.
Your other pairs of sentence indicate a similar nuance. The ‘-ed’ participle suggests something that happened to the noun; the other form suggests its intrinsic nature.
Hello Mister Micawber,
My question would be:
After high time can we use an infinitive also and isn’t obligatory to use a simple past for expressing to sb should do sth soon?
“It’s (high) time that -” is an idiomatic structure that often takes the subjunctive:
It’s high time he were in bed.
It’s time I watered the begonias.
However. there are other ways of expressing this, and the infinitive is one of them:
It’s time for me to water the begonias.
It’s high time for him to be in bed.
Many thanks Mister Micawber,
I really didn’t hear about this. It is very important.
Can I say:
- It was high time he were in bed.
- It was high time he had gone to college.
- It was time I watered the begonias.
I don’t believe that the dependent verb regresses when the idiomatic ‘It’s time’ is cast into the past. That would make #1 and #3 correct and #2 should read ‘went’.
I couldn’t understand your phrase - “#2 should read ‘went’.”.
How this - " It was high time he had gone to college." should be?
Please elaborate a little more.
It was high time he went to college.
Believe that Mister Micawber’s said everything about this. I never saw that we could use a past perfect tense after it 's time… or after :it’s high time…
The key: for sb
If you put for sb you can use infinitive;
without for sb. you have to use simple past that in this case a subjunctive to emphasise this idea.
It’s high time for him to to go to college.
It’s high time he went to college.