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    would, used to

    Hello!


    Could anybody tell me what's the difference between the two?

    would, used to

    I used to play the piano.
    I would play the piano.

    Are they exactly the same or diferent in the length of time ?

    Thanks!

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    Re: would, used to

    They are the same to me.

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    Re: would, used to

    Quote Originally Posted by son5018 View Post
    Hello!


    Could anybody tell me what's the difference between the two?

    would, used to

    I used to play the piano.
    I would play the piano.

    Are they exactly the same or diferent in the length of time ?

    Thanks!
    They are different.
    The first statement implies that the person already stopped playing piano.
    The second statement implies that the person will play the piano. (no one knows when)

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    Re: would, used to

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    They are different.

    The second statement implies that the person will play the piano. (no one knows when)
    Could you offer an example sentence?

    The definition I'm working from says "would" is '(used to express repeated or habitual action in the past): We would visit Grandma every morning up at the farm.'

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    Re: would, used to

    I used to play the piano.
    This sentence can stand alone.
    I would play the piano
    does not stand alone. It needs something else like '...every day for an hour after school'.

    Rover

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    #6

    Re: would, used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    This sentence can stand alone.
    does not stand alone. It needs something else like '...every day for an hour after school'.

    Rover
    I agree, "I used to play the piano" is a complete sentence. "I would play the piano" is not. It could, as you say, be followed by "every day after school" to talk about a past habit. It could also be followed by something like "if I had time" to make a conditional sentence.

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