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    #1

    used to/did

    Hello, everybody!
    I thought I knew the difference between these two categories until I had been asked to explain it.

    1) She used to have a car.
    2) She had a car.

    Used to implies that she definitely doesn't have a car now.
    But past simple tense also describes some past events or states without continuation to present, doesn't it?
    Isn't the meaning of used to have in this case the same as of had ?

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    #2

    Re: used to/did

    "She had a car" is only natural as a standalone sentence in certain limited contexts.
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    Re: used to/did

    'She had a car' tells us that she had a car in the past, but says nothing about the present. She may still have it, or another one, or she may not.
    I am not a teacher

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    #4

    Re: used to/did

    and then if I want to say that she had a car in the past and still has it now, I should use Perfect tense - ''She has always had a car.'' Correct?

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    #5

    Re: used to/did

    I consider it correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: used to/did

    Quote Originally Posted by Iryn_ View Post
    And then if I want to say that she had a car in the past and still has one now, I should use the present perfect tense - ''She has always had a car.'' Correct?
    Yes, but only use 'it' if she's had the same car all along.

    Most people would assume that 'She has always had a car' implies '...ever since she passed her driving test', but some would say 'What — even when she was a little girl?'

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