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    aysaa is offline Senior Member
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    Hi,

    1- When I was a child, I used to love/like you. (It is OK)
    - When I was a child, I would love/like you.

    2- People used to believe that the sun went around the world. (It is OK)
    - People would believe that the sun went around the world.

    I am aware I must use 'used to' in those sentences, but I would like to ask if the second ones used with 'would' are OK or not.

    Thanks.

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    Re: would

    They're not.

    "Would" can be used to talk about a habitual past action, but not an ongoing feeling or emotion as you have tried to do.

    When I was a kid and I had been naughty, my dad would hit me with a table tennis bat.
    As a teenager, when my parents went out for the evening, I would invite my friends round and we would raid the alcohol cabinet!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: would

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    When I was a kid and I had been naughty, my dad would hit me with a table tennis bat.
    As a teenager, when my parents went out for the evening, I would invite my friends round and we would raid the alcohol cabinet!
    Your dad obviously hadn't hit you hard enough!

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