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    would and used to

    Hello,

    It is written in the books that 'we don't use would with stative verbs'. My question is:Do all the stative verbs like want, smell, hate, love, have, be,...etc contain this?

    Thank you... I am really confused about it...

    When I was a child, I would hate, want, have, be,....

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    Re: would and used to

    As a NES, but not a teacher, I would really love to know on who's authority such books base their case. I would regularly use "would" with such verbs.
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    Re: would and used to

    When would has a similar meaning to used to for past habits, etc, we tend not to use would with stative verbs:

    Action:
    When I was young I used to watch TV every day.
    When I was young I would watch TV every day.

    State
    When I was young I used to live in a small town.
    When I was young I would live in a small town.

    We can use would with stative verb in conditionals, etc.

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    Re: would and used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    As a NES, but not a teacher, I would really love to know on who's authority such books base their case. I would regularly use "would" with such verbs.
    Most people tend not to.

    ps typo: who's - whose.

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    Re: would and used to

    I think Route21 was probably thinking in general- my immediate reaction was to think it wrong, and then I narrowed things down a bit.

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    Re: would and used to

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    When I was young I would live in a small town.
    By inference, then:

    "When I lived in Liverpool, as a child, I would regularly go down to the Pier Head by tram."

    would be incorrect English?

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    Re: would and used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    By inference, then:

    "When I lived in Liverpool, as a child, I would regularly go down to the Pier Head by tram."

    would be incorrect English?
    No. I don't quite see how you infer this.

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    Re: would and used to

    Okay sir, but what about this?

    -When I was a child I would always love to play with my dolls...

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    Re: would and used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    By inference, then:

    "When I lived in Liverpool, as a child, I would regularly go down to the Pier Head by tram."

    would be incorrect English?

    R21 (Confused)
    With action verbs you can use would/used to- go is an action, so it's fine to say this.

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    Re: would and used to

    It was my theread not Routee :D

    Okay sir, but what about this?

    -When I was a child I would always love to play with my dolls...

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