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    If anyone has the time to tell:

    What's the difference between would and used to

    and thank u in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuadha View Post
    If anyone has the time to tell:

    What's the difference between would and used to

    and thank u in advance
    'Used to' is used to talk about past habits: 'When I was young, I used to cycle to school' 'Would can also be used in this way: 'When I was young I would cycle to school'. 'Would' has other uses, in conditional sentences. 'If I were rich, I would buy a big house' for example. You can't use 'used to' in this type of sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'Used to' is used to talk about past habits: 'When I was young, I used to cycle to school' 'Would can also be used in this way: 'When I was young I would cycle to school'. 'Would' has other uses, in conditional sentences. 'If I were rich, I would buy a big house' for example. You can't use 'used to' in this type of sentence.
    If they are both used to talk about old habits, I'll confused if there are any differences between them in relation to activities and states .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuadha View Post
    If they are both used to talk about old habits, I'll confused if there are any differences between them in relation to activities and states .
    If you want to talk about states of being, like "I used to be fat, but I've lost a lot of weight" for example, you can't use 'would' instead of 'used to'. In the case of activities they are interchangeable.

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    It has all to do with which context the sentence a verb is used:
    We went shopping today, when Mark had noticed that the type of batteries he uses all the time were on special offer, they had been reducded by 70%, so he brought quite a few packets. When we got home I noticed that they had to be used in 2 weeks time from today.


    So we can't say "used" here is in the past tense can we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by navjit View Post
    It all has to do with the context in which the verb is used in a sentence:
    We went shopping today, when Mark had noticed that the type of batteries he uses all the time were on special offer. They had been reduced by 70%, so he bought quite a few packets. When we got home I noticed that they had to be used in 2 weeks time from today.


    So we can't say "used" here is in the past tense can we?
    The question was about "used to" and "would" to refer to past time. None of those three conditions apply in your example.

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