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    #1

    would not and didn't

    1. When I was a kid, I wanted to have a pet like rabbit, parrot and cat. But my mother would not allow these.

    2. When I was a kid, I wanted to have a pet like rabbit, parrot and cat. But my mother didn't allow these.

    Please tell which one from above is best and why. Are there differences in meaning between them?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: would not and didn't

    They are both ungrammatical.

    One of the many ways to say this is

    'When I was a kid, I wanted to have a pet — like a rabbit, a parrot or a cat, but my mother wouldn't allow these.'

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    #3

    Re: would not and didn't

    Although "allow these" is grammatically correct, it would be more natural (in BrE, at least) to say "... but my mother wouldn't let me".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: would not and didn't

    So:


    When I was a kid, I wanted to have a pet — like a rabbit, a parrot or a cat, but my mother didn't/wouldn't let me.

    My mother wouldn't let me. -
    This has the idea of the mother's refusal to let me.
    My mother didn't let me. -
    This is the simple fact that she did not let me.

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