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    "Would always" and "used to"

    Hello, does these sentences have differences? "I would always go to the gym" and "I used to go to the gym"

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    Re: "Would always" and "used to"

    Please take a glance at the quotation from BBCLEARNINGENGLISH.COM
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    would or used to?
    
    When we are telling a story and recollecting an event from long ago, we often 
    prefer to use would to describe repeated behaviour in the past, although 
    both would and used to are possible:
    
    
    
    • Do you remember what we used to get up to when we were teenagers? How I would wait for you nearly every afternoon after school and then we would stroll home together across the park, holding hands, and you would feed the ducks on the pond while I had a cigarette?
    Note, Ehtisham, that would in this sense describes past events and actions. It cannot be used to refer to past states. To describe past states we can only use used to:
    • I used to live in that house over there. (NOT: I would live in that house over there.)
    • I used to own a 1966 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. (NOT I would own a 1966 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce.)
    • I used sometimes to drive to work in it.
    • I would sometimes drive to work in it.

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    Re: "Would always" and "used to"

    I read it ten times and I'm sure that these sentences don't have any differences. By the way I think that word "would" can express and future for example "I would go to the beach" Am I right? =)

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    Re: "Would always" and "used to"

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    By the way I think that word "would" can express and future for example "I would go to the beach" Am I right? =)
    NOT A TEACHER

    I'm afraid not.

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    Re: "Would always" and "used to"

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    Hello, do these sentences have differences? "I would always go to the gym" and "I used to go to the gym"
    As stand-alone sentences only the second one works. For the first one to be meaningful you need to add something, "Before my accident I would always go to the gym at the weekends." For example.

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