The sentence that I have a problem with:
The clock was showing 12:30, which meant it was about time I start getting dressed up and leaving.
More specifically, it is this bolded dependent clause that is bugging me. Clearly, the sentence speaks of a past event, and the dependent clause is describing "time". The time was in the past, so it would make sense that we describe it using past tense... right? So it would be:
"... it was about time I started getting ... "
But I'm not aware of any rules about this. I don't know which one is correct. Maybe they're both correct but have different meanings? Which one is correct?