Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(it's) about time

about timeit's about time
Meaning(s)
1) at or past the point when something should have happened
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    • it's about time you got here!
  • Analysis
     This expression is most commonly used in a social situation, and emphasizes that something should happen soon or should have happened a long time ago. There is a key difference in how those two variations are delivered in speech. If you are using 'about time' to say that something should happen soon, you would usually say it in a neutral tone of voice. If, however, you are saying that something should have happened a long time ago, the tone is often one of impatience, anger or excitement. An alternative expression is 'it's high time.'  
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Well, it's about time you got here! I've been waiting over an hour for you!
    2. Isn't it about time you got a job? You can't just sit around watching TV all day.
    3. Person A: "Did you hear the news? I asked Lisa to marry me." Person B: "About time! I thought you'd never pluck up the courage!"
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I think it's about time I asked for a raise. I've been here for two years now.
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