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    Dear native speakers,

    What's the difference in meaning between the following sentences?

    1) When I was a kid, I played tennis a lot.
    2) When I was a kid, I used to play tennis a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    Dear native speakers,

    What's the difference in meaning between the following sentences?

    1) When I was a kid, I played tennis a lot.
    2) When I was a kid, I used to play tennis a lot.

    Thanks.
    There is no difference.

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    So why do English people use two structures when there is no difference in meaning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    So why do English people use two structures when there is no difference in meaning?
    Why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haseli22 View Post
    So why do English people use two structures when there is no difference in meaning?
    There frequently is a difference in meaning between 'used to' and the past simple. It just so happens that the difference in the two sentences you mentioned is minimal.

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    Default Re: simple past and used to

    Only two? We have lots of different ways of saying the same thing. That's what makes English so varied (and so difficult to learn!)

    When I was a kid, I played tennis a lot.
    When I was a kid, I used to play tennis a lot.
    As a kid, I played tennis a lot.
    As a kid, I used to play tennis a lot.
    When I was a kid, I played a lot of tennis.
    When I was a kid, I used to play a lot of tennis.
    As a kid, I played a lot of tennis.
    As a kid, I used to play a lot of tennis.
    I played tennis a lot when I was a kid.
    I used to play tennis a lot when I was a kid.
    I played a lot of tennis when I was a kid.
    I used to play a lot of tennis when I was a kid.
    I played tennis a lot as a kid.
    I was a regular tennis player when I was a kid.

    I could go on. I won't. My fingers are tired. There are probably another dozen or so ways of saying exactly the same thing.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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