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    #1

    Could vs used to

    Hello, teachers.

    I have a question.

    1. When I was young, I could play the piano.

    2. When I was young, I played the piano.

    3. When I was young, I used to play the piano.

    What's different between 1, 2 and 3?
    Last edited by chingchangchong; 13-Aug-2014 at 04:33. Reason: mistake

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    #2

    Re: Could vs used to

    No real difference. You need "play" in #3.

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    #3

    Re: Could vs used to

    Sentence 1 suggests to me that you have lost the ability to play the piano. "I could play the piano" = "I was able to play the piano". If you tell me that you could do something when you were younger, I would assume that you can't do it any more.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Could vs used to

    To me, they all suggest that piano playing was in the past.

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