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    Default Re: Used to V and simple past tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by nedira View Post
    Of course there is a difference.
    1-He used to swim in this river when he was young.

    " Used to" describes something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens today. The speaker in this example no longer swims in that river because it was just a past habit that no longer exists.
    2-He often swam in this river when he was young.
    The past simple, in contrast, simply situates something in the past. This person might still swim in that river today.
    Just a comment with regard to #1, the addition of "when he was young" does not preclude the possibility that he still swims in the river. Without that phrase, I would agree that it is more likely to be a "habit that no longer exists." As usual, context rules.
    Last edited by billmcd; 03-May-2012 at 21:00. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Used to V and simple past tense.

    Thank Mr.5jj, Ms.nedira and Mr.billmcd again.
    Excuse me! I'd like all of you to give particular comments on this sentence (although I have mastered your previous comments) because it is in the E textbook in VN and I am in an argument now.
    2- Last year I used to get up late. Now, I get up early and do morning exercises.

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    Default Re: Used to V and simple past tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Thank Mr.5jj, Ms.nedira and Mr.billmcd again.
    Excuse me! I'd like all of you to give particular comments on this sentence (although I have mastered your previous comments) because it is in the E textbook in VN and I am in an argument now.
    2- Last year I used to get up late. Now, I get up early and do morning exercises.
    It's OK.


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    Default Re: Used to V and simple past tense.

    What about Mr.5jj, please?

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    Default Re: Used to V and simple past tense.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    2- Last year I used to get up late. Now, I get up early and do morning exercises.
    It does not sound very natural to me, for reasons that I gave in post #7.

    ps. I'm 5jj - no need for a 'Mr'.

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