I would use "used to".
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Hello! Can I have some help, please? Look at the following sentence:
"Tom used to/ would read his e-mails six time a day."
It comes from a grammar exercise in which I have to replace used to with would if possible. According to the grammar rules I read, there must be a time reference when you use would to talk about past habits or behaviour.
"Six time a day" refers to frequency, rather than to a specific moment/period in time, as in: "When I was I child I used to /would go to the cinema." (that is, "in my childhood I usually went to the cinema")
So what do you suggest: Tom would read or used to read? Thanks a lot in advance!
correct title: USED TO/WOULD READ
'Tom would read his e-mails six times a day' sounds to me as if it referred to the present, but I am not a teacher.
Last edited by Matthew Wai; 30-Sep-2015 at 04:46.
That is possible Matthew. It could refer to his tendency. However, if a past time reference were included, it could be the use of "would" for past habitual action. When Tom first joined the firm, he would read his e-mails six times a day.