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    i was visiting my friend

    If we say "When I was a child, I was visiting my friend a lot" is it correct or should say only "used to visit'?
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    Re: i was visiting my friend

    Quote Originally Posted by snoopya1984 View Post
    If we say "When I was a child, I was visiting my friend a lot" is it correct or should say only "used to visit'?
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    When I was a child, I used to visit my friend a lot.
    When I was a child, I visited my friend a lot.

    Both of these are fine, though you don't really need "I used to" when you've already explained that you are talking about the past by saying "When I was a child..."

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    Re: i was visiting my friend

    The same rule is applied on the sentence" When I was 17 ,I studied to go to university'' or there I can also use the continuous form "was studying".

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    Re: i was visiting my friend

    Quote Originally Posted by snoopya1984 View Post
    " When I was 17 ,I studied to go to university'', or there I I can also use the continuous form "was studying" there.
    Your sentence may suggest that the speaker began to study at the age of 17. 'Was studying' suggests that on their 17th birthday, or throughout their eighteenth year, they were engaged in study.

    Please note that the space goes after a punctuation mark, not before it.

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