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    TheParser is offline Key Member
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    Default Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post

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

    I think it is fine, right?

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    (1) In my humble (very humble) opinion, I think the answer is YES (you are right).

    (2) I found this in the Longman English Grammar by the late L.G. Alexander, who I hear was very popular with international students because he explained grammar so clearly. I have the 1988 edition published by Longman of London and New York.

    (3) Since I have given full credit, I believe that I may quote extensively:

    (a) Study Mr. Alexander's examples: (The underlined words are my emphasis)

    "We can refer to past habit" in three ways:

    When I worked on a farm, I always used to get up at 5 a.m.
    When I worked on a farm, I would always get up at 5 a.m.
    When I worked on a farm, I always got up at 5 a.m.

    (4) Therefore, it is only my opinion that the following are correct:

    When she was in the hospital last month, she always used to check her email three times a day.

    When she was in the hosptial last month, she would always check her email three times a day,

    When she was in the hospital last month, she always checked her email three times a day.

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    Default Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    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!
    A million "you're welcome's"!

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