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    used to or would

    Can I replace ' used to' in the following sentence with' would'? If not, can you tell me why? Thanks in advance.

    I used to live in Seoul when I was young.
    I used to hate my job until I got a promotion.
    I used to play a lot of games on the computer.

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    Re: used to or would

    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    Can I replace ' used to' in the following sentence with' would'? If not, can you tell me why? Thanks in advance.

    I used to live in Seoul when I was young.
    I used to hate my job until I got a promotion.
    I used to play a lot of games on the computer.
    You could only use "would" in your third example. It is usually used to refer to a "habitual action". Living somewhere and hating your job are not considered to be habitual actions, whereas regularly playing games on the computer could be considered a habitual action. I still wouldn't use it in #3. I would stick with "used to" especially as you haven't given a time frame. You could say "I would play a lot of computer games when I was bored as a child".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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