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    would instead of standard past form

    Hi there,

    My question is about the past tense.
    In the sentence "Every time he'd see me, he'd call me Little Dude.", they use would instead of the usual past, which would be "Every time he saw me, he called me Little Dude.", right?
    Do these two sentences have the same meaning or is there any difference in between them and why do they use would?

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    Last edited by puma501; 12-Apr-2010 at 13:30. Reason: missing word


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    Re: would instead of standard past form

    Hi there.

    The only real difference is that the use of "would" insists more on the fact that this was a habitual past action, that no longer happens. You could also use "used to" in this case, which would convey the same meaning.
    Hope that answers your question =)

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    Re: would instead of standard past form

    It absolutely does, thanks! :)

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