Please take a glance at the quotation from BBCLEARNINGENGLISH.COM
would or used to?
When we are telling a story and recollecting an event from long ago, we often
prefer to use would to describe repeated behaviour in the past, although
both would and used to are possible:
- Do you remember what we used to get up to when we were teenagers? How I
would wait for you nearly every afternoon after school and then we would stroll
home together across the park, holding hands, and you would feed the ducks on
the pond while I had a cigarette?
Note, Ehtisham, that would
in this sense describes past events and
. It cannot
be used to refer to past states
describe past states
we can only use used to
- I used to live in that house over there.
(NOT: I would live in
that house over there.)
- I used to own a 1966 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce.
(NOT I would own
a 1966 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce.)
- I used sometimes to drive to work in it.
- I would sometimes drive to work in it.