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When it came time to...

Is the phrase technically correct, or is it an exercise of artistic license?

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It is an idiom. – nohat Nov 27 '10 at 18:37
I couldn't dissect how the parts of speech play out together. – Kit Nov 28 '10 at 2:27
up vote 4 down vote accepted

The phrase is perfectly valid. I have seen the phrase used mostly to convey some kind of a twist, as in:

When it came time to vote, the senator switched sides.

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Seems perfectly fine to me, though would benefit from more context. E.g.:

When it came time to leave, she was ready.

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Wouldn't "When it was time to..." be better?

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