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    • Join Date: Apr 2005
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    Differences between used to and would

    I would like to know what the differences are between used to and would.
    It is very difficult to understand because I cannot see the differences.
    I asked this one, because I was told that you cannot used them for the same statements.
    Thanks a lot in advance

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    • Join Date: Feb 2006
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    Re: Differences between used to and would

    "Would" can be used to describe repeated events in the past. "Used to" describes a past habit.

    "Would" can be used when the repeated events took place within a short space of time:

    "For three days he would try calling her every hour, but he never got an answer and soon gave up."

    "Used to" is usually best for a longer period of time:

    "He used to buy her flowers every Friday, right up to the day before he died."

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