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    Using would to express a repeated action in the past

    These days I am studying grammar rule about "Using would to express a repeated action in the past".

    This is an example of my grammar book, English Grammar Betty S. Azar.

    Now, I want to know if we can add "would" before stepped or not, because "stepping on a plane" is a repeated action when "I" wanted to fly. However, in the book it was not considered as a repeated action.


    "I used to be afraid of flying. My heart would start pounding every time I stepped on a plane. However, now I am used to flying end enjoy it."
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    Re: Using would to express a repeated action in the past

    Your use of "would" in that specific context works.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using would to express a repeated action in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your use of "would" in that specific context works.
    Thanks Emsr2d2 for your comment, but I didn't what you said. Sorry. Did you mean we can use "would step" too?

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    Re: Using would to express a repeated action in the past

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    These days I am studying grammar rule about "Using would to express a repeated action in the past".
    Note my correction. Always mark words that you're discussing by setting them in italics or surrounding them with quotation marks.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Using would to express a repeated action in the past

    No, you definitely can't put "would" after "step" as you suggested in post 1. I was simply stating that "my heart would start pounding" was fine. If you are suggesting saying "My heart would start pounding every time I would step on a plane" ("would" before "stepped", not "would" after "step" as you originally said), then no, you can't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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