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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
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    I couldn't dissect how the parts of speech play out together. – Kit Nov 28 '10 at 2:27
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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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I've found that "when the time came" is used more often than "when it came time". I personally have not found that either is incorrect so I suppose it just depends on the flow of your sentence and the context it is in.

  • Please explain your answer, preferably with some supporting statements and references. While opinions are valued, they are not of much help as answers. – NVZ Apr 13 '17 at 9:08
  • @NVZ, the same could be said for other answers, too – asgs Feb 23 at 19:59

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