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    We use only used to and not would wtih states. What does the writer mean by state here? Does he mean stative verbs? If not will you please help me?
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    Re: a grammar teacher+ used to

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    We use only used to and not would wtih states. What does the writer mean by state here? Does he mean stative verbs? If not will you please help me?
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    That seems to be what it means. Stative verbs usually describes states, hence the name.
    He seems to be saying that we say, "I used to be happy when I lived there" not, "I would be happy when I lived there". (Being happy is a state, 'be' is a stative verb, so you can see that they mean slightly different things.)

    However, I disagree that we never use "would" with stative verbs/states.
    "Every time she she did that, I would become angry."
    "Whenever she did what I wanted, I would be happy."


    What examples does your author give?

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    Become to me is a change of state and so more of an action, and be in that example implies a similar change, but I agree that, like so many rules, it is not perfect.

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    Re: a grammar teacher+ used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Become to me is a change of state and so more of an action, and be in that example implies a similar change, but I agree that, like so many rules, it is not perfect.
    Well, that's why it's necessary to know what the author means by states, hence my request for his examples. It's certainly not a perfect rule if we can't work out what it's meant to apply to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Well, that's why it's necessary to know what the author means by states, hence my request for his examples. It's certainly not a perfect rule if we can't work out what it's meant to apply to.
    The writer just gives us an example of the verb have.
    He says However, only used to can show past location, state, or possession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    The writer just gives us an example of the verb have.
    He says However, only used to can show past location, state, or possession.
    Yes, you would certainly not say "I would have a dog" instead of "I used to have a dog".

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