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Is the reason why "would" can't be used for a past state that "would" can only denote actions, so it means "a big tree was one time and disappeared and later it was there, and disappeared, then third time,,fourth time, etc"?
ex)There used to be(would be(x)) a big tree in my neighbor's house.
Last edited by keannu; 12-Feb-2012 at 15:23.
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You might use "would" to describe a habitual observation about the tree.
Every time I saw the big tree, I would think it had grown another couple of inches.
Each time I drove past the big tree, I would utter an involuntary "Wow!"