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Hello dear teachers.
"In many cities nowadays, food shopping takes very little time. In the past, people used to go (1) to a different shop for each item. For example, you bought (2) meat at a butcher´s shop and fish at a fish market. A fruit market used to sell (3) fruit and vegetables. For dry foods like rice or beans, you had (4) to go to groceries stores." Jack C. Richards - New Interchange- Cambridge University Press.
Can you tell me if in numbers 1 and 3 you could use the simple past without no difference in meaning. On the other hand, could I use "used to" in numbers 2 and 4 and maintain the same meaning or would the meaning become different by the change?
You can make both changes you suggest without affecting the meaning. As we have the phrase 'in the past', 'used to' doesn't add or change much.