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    would-used to simple past and too

    Hello,

    I have been thinking about how to use 'used to and would' with too. I think we can't use 'too' with 'used to' because 'used to’ can be used only of an activity that no longer occurs – or one that stopped for some time.

    For example:

    Nowadays, she watches tv permanently.
    Don't worry...She used to watch tv permanently, when she was a child, too.

    (I think it is wrong. Maybe without 'permanently' it is ok. For this reason, we can construct it with 'would'. Is that right?)

    Nowadays, she watches tv permanently.
    She would permanently watch tv , when she was a child, too.


    (I think it is ok.)

    -Secondly, we know that we can't use 'would' with stative verbs, and I would like to ask how to use it.

    Nowadays, she lives in a small house.
    She would live in a small house when she was a child, too
    . (I think it is wrong, is that right?)

    (I think we must construct that sentence with 'simple past' because of the stative verbs.)

    Nowadays, she lives in a small house.
    She lived in a small house when she was a child, too.

    (I think it is ok, too)
    Thanks...
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    #2

    Re: would-used to simple past and too

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Nowadays, she watches tv permanently.
    Don't worry...She used to watch tv permanently, when she was a child, too.

    We normally capitalise 'TV'. She watched 'all the time' rather than 'permanently.
    With these changes, your sentence is possible. With 'when she was a child' we have a cut-off period. Her watching of TV now is a different thing.


    Nowadays, she watches TV permanentlyall the time.
    She would
    permanently watch TV all the time, when she was a child, too.


    Secondly, we know that we can't use 'would' with stative verbs, and I would like to ask how to use it.

    Nowadays, she lives in a small house.
    She would live in a small house when she was a child, too
    . (I think it is wrong, is that right?)

    (I think we must construct that sentence with 'simple past' because of the stative verbs.) You are right in assuming that your sentence is wrong.

    Nowadays, she lives in a small house.
    She lived in a small house when she was a child, too.

    That's fine.
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    Re: would-used to simple past and too

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Nowadays, she lives in a small house.
    She lived in a small house when she was a child, too.

    Thanks...
    You can also use "used to" when "would" is wrong.
    She used to live in a small house when she was a child,too.

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    Re: would-used to simple past and too

    You can also use "used to" when "would" is wrong.
    She used to live in a small house when she was a child,too.


    Nowadays, she watches tv al the time.
    Don't worry...She used to watch tv all the time, when she was a child, too.

    I couldn't understand how they are correct becauuse when we use 'too' with used to it means that we still do the action. :/

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    Re: would-used to simple past and too

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Don't worry...She used to watch tv all the time, when she was a child,
    too.

    I couldn't understand how they are correct becauuse when we use 'too' with 'used to' it means that we still do the action. :/
    It doesn't necessarily mean that. It can simply mean that she did it at another time.

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    #6

    Re: would-used to simple past and too

    I think it is better to say like that:

    Nowadays, she watches Tv all the time.
    Don't worry...She used to watch tv when she was a child, too. But not all the time.
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    Re: would-used to simple past and too

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    I think it is better to say like that:

    Nowadays, she watches Tv all the time.
    Don't worry...She used to watch tv when she was a child, too. But not all the time.
    .
    No, this means a completely different thing!
    If you want to say that she watches TV all the time now, just as she did when she was a child, how can you follow that with "But as a child she didn't watch it all the time."?
    You don't solve a grammar problem by re-writing history.
    She watches TV all the time now. She watched TV all the time as a child. You don't necessarily know about her TV habits between the time of her childhood and now (or you might know that she went for quite a while without watching TV at all).
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