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    Would-used to

    Hi Just want to ask about the differences between " used to " and "would"
    My book says
    " we use used to : to talk about repeated actions"
    and we use
    " would": to talk about repeated habits"
    Exmaples :
    *I used to want to be a doctor but now I want to be a teacher.
    *In the past my friends and I we would talk for hours at the night.

    *I didn't really got the point so I want you please to explain more for me,,:)
    And thanks alot.


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    Re: Would-used to

    Quote Originally Posted by smaila View Post
    Hi Just want to ask about the differences between " used to " and "would"
    My book says
    " we use used to : to talk about repeated actions"
    and we use
    " would": to talk about repeated habits"
    Exmaples :
    *I used to want to be a doctor but now I want to be a teacher.
    *In the past my friends and I we would talk for hours at the night.

    *I didn't really got the point so I want you please to explain more for me,,:)
    And thanks alot
    .

    What your book says is not completely accurate.

    used to is used to talk about repeated/continuous/frequent actions in the past, but it can also talk about states: I used to be very shy. A key point in the use of this verb is the strong implication that the situation referred to is no longer true. Thus we cannot say:

    * I used to live in Prague and I still live there.

    would is the past-tense form of will when the latter verb denotes a custom or habit:

    She will sit for hours in front of the television, oblivious to the world.
    When she was a child she would sit for hours in front of the television, oblivious to the world
    .

    would (unlike used to) is not used to refer to past states, and has no implication that the situation referred to is no longer true.

    *I would live in Prague.
    When I was at college I would watch TV for three hours a day. Actually, I still do.

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    Re: Would-used to

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    What your book says is not completely accurate.

    used to is used to talk about repeated/continuous/frequent actions in the past, but it can also talk about states: I used to be very shy. A key point in the use of this verb is the strong implication that the situation referred to is no longer true. Thus we cannot say:

    * I used to live in Prague and I still live there.

    would is the past-tense form of will when the latter verb denotes a custom or habit:

    She will sit for hours in front of the television, oblivious to the world.
    When she was a child she would sit for hours in front of the television, oblivious to the world.

    would (unlike used to) is not used to refer to past states, and has no implication that the situation referred to is no longer true.

    *I would live in Prague.
    When I was at college I would watch TV for three hours a day. Actually, I still do.
    oh yes,, now I got it,,:) Thanks alot

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