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    "When I was a child my Dad and me would take meto the cinema 3 times a week." Wrong?

    Hello everyone,

    I have just read that we cannot use "would"/"used to" for repeated events in the past if we mention how many times in total something happened.
    Does it mean that the following sentence is wrong?

    "When I was a child my Dad would take me to the cinema 3 times a week."

    Thank you.

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    Re: "When I was a child my Dad and me would take meto the cinema 3 times a week." Wr

    I don't find any problem with your sentence.

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    Re: "When I was a child my Dad and me would take meto the cinema 3 times a week." Wr

    If I used "used to" in this sentence instead of "would", would it still be correct?
    When I was a child my Dad used to take me to the cinema 3 times a week

    Thank you.

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    Re: "When I was a child my Dad and me would take meto the cinema 3 times a week." Wr

    Yes.

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    Re: "When I was a child my Dad and me would take meto the cinema 3 times a week." Wr

    I think you misunderstood the "rule" that you quoted. The phrase "three times a week" is a frequency, not a total number.

    If your father took you to the cinema a total of three times, you would not use "would" or "used to".

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    Re: "When I was a child my Dad and me would take meto the cinema 3 times a week." Wr

    Quote Originally Posted by worcester View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I have just read that we cannot use "would"/"used to" for repeated events in the past if we mention how many times in total something happened.
    Does it mean that the following sentence is wrong?

    "When I was a child my Dad would take me to the cinema 3 times a week."

    Thank you.
    Your sentence is correct, as the previous posts have indicated, but your title is not.

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