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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    It is written that ...
    This is an unnatural construction in normal language. It is used mainly in religious contexts, where the speaker assumes that listeners know that 'it' is written in some holy book.

    More natural would be:

    "I (have) read in XXXX (name of book) that ..."
    " YYYY (author's name) said/wrote/claimed/etc (in XXXX) that ..."
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    "would'' and ''used to' expresses the idea that something was an old habit which stopped in the past. It says that an action was often repeated in the past, but it is not usually done now.

    What I have understood is:

    When I was a child I always used to/would watch tv all night, but nowadays I have started watching tv all night again.

    or

    I used to play computer games every day when I was a child. (I don't play any more)

    I would play computer games when I was a child. (May be I play or not, is that ok?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    When I was a child I always used to/would watch tv all night, but and (nowadays) I have started watching tv all night again.

    I used to play computer games every day when I was a child. (I don't play any more)

    I would play computer games when I was a child. (Maybe (one word) I play or not, is that ok?) Yes
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    Wow! What a great answer, Philo!

    I could not sleep last night because I kept thinking that a sentence such as "She

    would often be angry with me for no reason" was "correct," but I was afraid to

    say so.

    And this morning (It's 2: 30 a.m. in California) I read your super post, which I shall

    now print out for my files.

    A million thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I kept thinking that a sentence such as "She would often be angry with me for no reason" was "correct," but I was afraid to.
    If you think that you might say, or might have heard, a construction, then don't hesitate to say so. It might be a spur to some of us to re-think a hasty judgement. Some teachers, both native and non-native, do have an unfortunate tendency to reject the evidence of their own ears/eyes, and label something as incorrect simply because it does not fit in with what they have read in some grammar book.

    Remember that grammarians do not claim to be style guides. They attempt to describe the language as it is actually used. It is not physically possible for any writer, or team of writers, to give their opinion on every utterance. Remember, to, that probably more words are spoken and written in English every single day than are contained in all the corpora put together.

    You, Parser, one native speaker, have almost certainly written or said more than 25,000,000 words in your life; probably ten times as many. The impressive British National Corpus contains only 100 million words.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Thanks for all the questions you have answered, and my last question about it.

    As you have said, In 1999, I always used to go to the cinema, but now I like the theatre.
    Not natural. We do not use ‘used’ to with specific times in the past, though we can use it with more general times, such as ‘when I was a child’.

    That is ok, but does it contain 'would' in the past habits also?

    Ten years ago, he would come here (often). (repeated action)

    Can we construct a sentence like that?

    Thanks...
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    1) Ten years ago, he would come here (often). (repeated action)


    2) -I used to live in San Diego for five years. (It is not used to say how long.)

    -I used to go to the gym several times. (It is not used to say how many times.)

    Does it contain also 'would'?

    3) She would bite her finger nails / smoke / take drugs.

    Are they ok?
    Last edited by aysaa; 06-Feb-2012 at 22:09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    1) Ten years ago, he would come here (often). (repeated action)


    2) -I used to live in San Diego for five years. (It is not used to say how long.)

    -I used to go to the gym several times. (It is not used to say how many times.)

    Does it contain also 'would'?

    3) She would bite her finger nails / smoke / take drugs.

    Are they ok?
    No they are not OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post

    3) She would bite her finger nails / smoke / take drugs.

    Are they ok?
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    (1) I think that the teachers always tell us learners to put everything into context.

    (2) I think (repeat: think) that "She would bite her fingenails" could be correct in

    the right context.

    (3) Consider:

    I just went to The Parser's funeral today. He was a nervous little old man. I used

    to visit him three or four times a year, and I remember that he would always bite his

    fingernails when I was there. May he rest in peace!

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    -I used to go to the gym several times. (It is not used to say how many times.)

    She would check her e-mail three times a day.

    I think it is fine, right?

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