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    Simple past or would, used to

    I saw this sentense somewhere:

    Back in high school, I got up at 6 a.m. every morning.

    Shouldn't it - or better mustn't it - be:

    Back in high school, I would get up at 6 a.m. every morning.

    or

    Back in high school, I used to get up at 6 a.m. every morning.

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    Re: Simple past or would, used to

    All three are possible.

    Would
    and used to place more emphasis on the habitual nature of the action, used to on the fact that that it no longer happens. We have free choice here.

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    Re: Simple past or would, used to

    Consider this rephrasing: When I was in law school, I got up at 6 AM every morning. Now only the simple past really works. I think the introductory back in is a flexible idiom which can be read more than one way.
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    Re: Simple past or would, used to

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Consider this rephrasing: When I was in law school, I got up at 6 AM every morning. Now only the simple past really works.
    I don't agree. I think used to and would​ are fine in that sentence.

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    Re: Simple past or would, used to

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't agree. I think used to and would​ are fine in that sentence.
    On reflection I can agree that When I was in law school I would get up at 6 is OK. When I was in law school, I used to get up at 6 doesn't feel natural to me. Oddly though, I used to get up at 6 when I was in law school does.
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