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    dances/is dancing/used to dance

    I would like to know which of these sentences are correct.

    a)She dances to every kind of disco music.
    b)She's dancing to every kind of disco music.
    c)She used to dance to every kind of disco music.

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    I want to present it as a statement or a fact for my friend who is asking at my girlfriend.

    I think that b) is used when we are e.g. at a disco party and she is dancing when we are talking about that. It's happening right now.

    What about a) and c)?

    More common is c), I think, when dancing is her habit or so...

    But what if I use a)? Does it sound weird for English speaking people?

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    Re: dances/is dancing/used to dance

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    I would like to know which of these sentences are correct.

    a)She dances to every kind of disco music.
    b)She's dancing to every kind of disco music.
    c)She used to dance to every kind of disco music.

    ----
    I want to present it as a statement or a fact for my friend who is asking at my girlfriend.

    I think that b) is used when we are e.g. at a disco party and she is dancing when we are talking about that. It's happening right now.

    What about a) and c)?

    More common is c), I think, when dancing is her habit or so...

    But what if I use a)? Does it sound weird for English speaking people?
    For c) "used to" is used for things which we used to do earlier but dont do now. Those were our previous habits but are no more there now.

    For a) I think its alright, it would pertain that she knows how to dance to all kinds of music.


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    Re: dances/is dancing/used to dance

    Thanks anupumh,

    and what about "to every kind of disco music" and "to all kind of disco music"?

    Which is more usual by native speakers?

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    Re: dances/is dancing/used to dance

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    a)She dances to every kind of disco music.
    b)She's dancing to every kind of disco music.
    c)She used to dance to every kind of disco music.
    The first one (a) is about a habit or pattern of behavior. The second one (b), while grammatical, is meaningless. (You can only dance to one song at a time.) The third one (as previously noted) is about past behavior.


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    Re: dances/is dancing/used to dance

    Perhaps I'm naive, but isn't disco one type of music? How many types of disco music are there?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: dances/is dancing/used to dance

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Perhaps I'm naive, but isn't disco one type of music? How many types of disco music are there?
    Good point!


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